This post that I placed on my Councillor Phil Bateman Facebook site referring to the PACT meeting of Friday November 23, appears to be catching a lot of peoples interest.
More than 4,000 people have been reached and there has been an awful lot of engagement (1230} , Much of which shows the incredible concern that residents have for their own safety, as well as some considerable concern about those individuals that are begging themselves.
The report from the Wednesfield Police and Community Together meeting is important.
There is also some growing concern with regards to aggressive begging by a person who approaches motorists at traffic lights at Deans Road, so much so there are some alarming comments relating to fears that motorists have. I have emailed this link to Wednesfield Police.
Here is that original comment I made on Facebook relating to that PACT Meeting..
At the recent Police and Community Together meeting held at Wednesfield Community Centre the Police spoke of the problems of persistent begging in the High street and at Bentley Bridge. They informed that the private owners at Bentley Bridge were taking actions that forced the beggars to locate to the High street. This was building problemsfor business in the High street.
They informed the meeting that 2 to 3 persistent ones had been arrested and that had led to an improvement.
The Police urged the public not to give support to directly to the beggars themselves.
There were some con men who were begging for drugs and alcohol money! Please listen to the advice Wednesfield!