THERE has been a mixed response from Echo readers on the announcement of a crackdown on beggars on our Facebook page.
Some say it is a major problem that needs addressing while others expressed anger and argued that not all beggars should be tarnished as drug addicts.
Claire Rigby Most of them aren't even homeless and make a fair few quid (on top of their benefits) This is long overdue!
Paul Gubb There is a problem, I had a guy beg twice this morning and very often they hang round the bus station begging.
Sandra Van Santen Most of them have got mobile phones so if they can afford them they don't need to beg. However, I agree not all are on drugs but a lot of them spend the begged money on alcohol.
Kit Saunders I think assuming every homeless person is on drugs is idiotic for a start. As for the people saying 'they only have themselves to blame', you are ignorant and self-righteous; how would you know what those people have been though. Try learning a few of these people's stories before you declare then lower than you.
Andy Simpson Dozens of beggars about during the day but only a few unfortunate to be seen sleeping rough in the small hours. Seems to me that only a few are genuine. I refused one money a couple of weeks ago and told him that I thought he would spend it on drugs. He got angry and aggressive but did not deny it.
Kerry Wade They have to help themselves first, ie kick the drugs!
Mike Gibson Something should be done, like giving them housing (doesn't have to be great), but as a civilised country, we can afford to house everyone? We shouldn't send the police in to kick these poor people while they are down.
Adam Jeffries Not half as bad as it used to be. Shouldn't we have built a shelter by now?
Graham Andrews: "Yes, there is a major problem. I do care. Please support St Petroc's and other similar agencies."