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Police Issue Warning on Aggressive Begging
Friday 20th November, 2009

Police are advising people in Hindley and Platt Bridge to be mindful of being approached by beggars asking for spare change.

The warning comes after several recent reports of elderly people feeling intimidated after being approached in the street by men asking for change for the bus.

Inspector Anne Scott of the Hindley Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “I would strongly discourage anyone from giving money to beggars in the street. Many people have felt genuinely intimidated by these men, and have felt that refusing them could make them angry.

“Pulling wallets and purses out in front of strangers is placing people at greater risk of being robbed, so if you are approached for money you should tell the person that you have no spare change and ask them to leave you alone. If they continue to pester you, tell them you are phoning the police and make your way to the nearest shop or safe place to contact us."

For non-emergency calls or to report crime call police on 0161 872 5050 or for more information visit gmp.police.uk/wigan

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers is an independent charity that will not want your name, just your information. Your call will not be traced or recorded and you do not have to go to court or give a statement.

Use 999 only in emergencies where there is a threat to life or crime in progress.

Police across Wigan borough are now delivering the Policing Pledge, giving people a clear minimum standard of service they can expect from their Neighbourhood Policing Teams.

They are asking residents for their input to ensure that the service is focused on the needs of local communities and addresses the issues that matter most to people. Find out more at gmp.police.uk/pledge

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