Beggars in Barking will be given £100 on-the-spot fines
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People caught begging in Barking town centre can now be handed a £100 on-the-spot fine thanks to new powers passed by the council.
The order categorises begging alongside urinating and spitting as “anti-social behaviour,” with Cllr Laila Butt saying the council is looking to take on the “small minority who make people’s lives a misery.”
Public drinking, harassment and causing alarm or distress are also being cracked down on by the council.
The council consulted the public on the PSPO and a similar order is in place in Broad Street, Dagenham, although begging is not prohibited.
Councillor Laila Butt, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said: “We are committed to tackling all forms of anti-social behaviour across the borough. We want to make it clear to the small minority who make people’s lives a misery that we will not stand for it.”
The council is also consulting on a PSPO for the area around Dagenham Heathway.