Ministers Under Pressure to Enact New Anti Begging Laws
MINISTER UNDER PRESSURE TO ENACT NEW ANTI-BEGGING LAWS – The UK has a growing problem with the number of beggars appearing on the streets, mainly from Bulgarians and Romanians.
Local Government chiefs have expressed their deepening concern in a letter to the Home Office over the problem and strongly suspect the problems of street beggars will grow exponentially once the Right of Free Movement comes into effect 1 January.
Local Government leaders feel that new Anti Begging laws should be introduced ahead of the Right of Free Movement that would allow the police to arrest beggars to get them off the streets.
A number of Police and Crime Commissioners across the UK have also supported the views of local Government chiefs stating that the problem of beggars is already causing social issues and without measures to control their activities the situation could easily escalate out of control.
The new Anti Begging law should allow police officers to arrest street hustlers that are intrusive; those who bagger public by following them begging for money.
Fears continue to be expressed over the rise of ‘professional beggars’ who work in organised teams and who often use children as a way to garnering sympathy from the general public.
Local Government chiefs now want tougher measures and clauses written into existing Anti-social Behaviour laws so that beggars can be arrested if they ignore a new order known as the Injunction to Prevent a Nuisance and Annoyance.
In the letter to the Home Office the chiefs outlined the current and growing issues many London boroughs are now facing with organised gangs of Eastern Europeans; the letter provided the growing problem of begging as well as the rising levels of crime.
The letter to the Home Office was endorsed by local Government chiefs across five areas of the UK including Southampton, London (Westminster), Birmingham, Slough and Nottingham and receives the backing of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones.
“We are not concerned about working people from Romania and Bulgaria. We are worried about begging gangs coming here to get money.
They will start in central London, then they will spread out to Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, and other cities. They will go further afield.
As things stand, we won’t be able to arrest them. The letter has also won support from other local authorities.” Westminster councillor Nickie Aitken
Other Government officials also expressed their concerns that crime associated with the increasing numbers of Eastern Europeans could infiltrate every facet of society if some form of control and new laws are not in place to tackle these growing issues.
It appears as if the UK has backed itself into a corner. The Government appears unwilling to pull out of the EU which would allow greater protection of the UK’s borders.
Despite David Cameron’s recent announcements of creating new legislation in order to prevent Eastern Europeans from flooding the UK looking for benefit handouts it is widely accepted that his current intervention is far too little, far too late as new legislation simply cannot be introduced at the 11th hour.
Yesterday meebal.com published an article on yet another Bulgarian gang who fully intends to come to Britain with only the remit of stealing from the British public.
Of course this is not the first article to be written about such a problem which clearly indicates that Britain could soon be bathed in a crime wave that the justice system simply will not be able to cope with.
The idea of arresting beggars can also be seen as a complete and utter waste of police time and effort as the courts will be powerless to hand out any punishment.
We already have a failing judicial system and this is notable when you see the rising level of crime, the rising number of reoffenders and the underlying truth that judges will often hand down suspended sentences fifteen times or more before finally giving a custodial sentence.
Our prisons are at breaking point as they remain over-crowded; it is of course one of the reasons judges are unable to hand out custodial sentences.
Crime in the UK is now almost seen as an acceptable part of social life; we simply no longer have the ability to punish criminals and it is obvious from the continuous swathe of articles covering Eastern European criminals that they see Britain as an easy touch; after all we’ll feed them, house them, provide them with money and do nothing when they openly commit a crime.
It is little wonder why so many British nationals are now seriously considering emigrating for they know that Britain could well become the cesspit of Europe as it descends into segregated communities where violence and crime will eventually become the norm of everyday life.