Officers from GMP Trafford arrested a male for persistent begging on School Road today February 11 and took him into custody.
He has been charged and will be going to court where a behaviour order will be issued according to police.
With the reaction fairly negative on social media and it seems at the scene, we looked a little deeper on the laws surrounding begging.
It is an offence to be a beggar under section 3 of the Vagrancy Act 1824 and section 70 of the Criminal Justice Act 1982, the entire wording is below.
“Every petty chapman or pedlar wandering abroad, and trading without being duly licensed, or otherwise authorized by law; every common prostitute wandering in the public streets or public highways, or in any place of public resort, and behaving in a riotous or indecent manner; and] every person wandering abroad, or placing himself or herself in any public place, street, highway, court, or passage, to beg or gather alms, or causing or procuring or encouraging any child or children so to do; shall be deemed an idle and disorderly person within the true intent and meaning of this Act, subject to section 70 of the Criminal Justice Act 1982,] it shall be lawful for any justice of the peace to commit such offender (being thereof convicted before him by his own view, or by the confession of such offender, or by the evidence on oath of one or more credible witness or witnesses,to the house of correction, for any time not exceeding one calendar month”
Let’s look at the rights of people who beg on the streets, the act of which the police arrested him for is a an act which has last year been updated, an act is not a law! it is a statute, and a statute are subject to consent by society.
Police have a hard time with crimes hitting the roof due to cut backs, and would only want to protect the man and of course the public, that we all can be guaranteed, the man begging will be much warmer tonight in a safer but noisy environment and it is in hope that he gets the help he needs.