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Should begging be banned?


A crackdown on beggars in Auckland has the support of police, who believe it could reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

In a submission to the Auckland Council on the review of bylaws on public safety, Inspector Gary Davey, Auckland City police prevention manager, said police supported stricter changes in some areas.

The begging issue is being debated by council, with an initial draft of the bylaw banning asking for money or food "in a manner that may intimidate or cause a nuisance".

After public feedback, commissioners appointed by the council then recommended all begging be banned.

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"Fed up with having to deal with the intimidation and squalor these people present. Get a bath and a job."


"So what will you do to those that offend, fine them? Throw them in prison? Fix the cause not the result."

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