Begging concern at Telford Tourist Hotspot

Begging concern at Telford Tourist Hotspot

Telford residents took to Twitter to express their thoughts about a handful of beggars at Southwater, currently home to the European Christmas Market.

Some felt unsafe opening handbags around the parking machines while beggars were close by.

Joshua Lester-Rigg wrote “Some up town are genuine but the majority have a house or house share and they do it just get money fast for drugs and drink I knew one guy who admitted that he isn’t homeless he just does it for money where as in Birmingham they seen to be more genuine rather than Telford”

Sammi commented “There’s not enough support in Telford for homeless people or addicts. They go hand in hand for a reason. Why isn’t the council helping them?”

Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, Cllr Shaun Davies responded “We continue to engage and support those who are in and around southwater. Homelessness is not the issue. We continue to fund and work with Man In Place & others to ensure there is always an alternative to rough sleeping.”

Have your say. How do you feel about begging? Have you experienced being asked for cash at Southwater? Do you give to beggars?

21 thoughts on “Begging concern at Telford Tourist Hotspot

  • November 30, 2017 at 10:08 pm
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    They are always there,I won’t give money but did buy them some food. I don’t think many are actually homeless.

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  • November 30, 2017 at 10:12 pm
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    I meant guy up there other week didn’t ask for anything so I started talking to him, got talk about his life and why hes in this sisuation and things he was lovely so me and my partner went got him some food and blanket for night’ if u don’t wanna give them money why dont u just get them food or something to help. Sandwich only cost couple of pounds

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  • November 30, 2017 at 10:12 pm
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    I think the local authority should investigate their current status. If found to be genuinely homeless, offer support. If not genuine, arrest the fakers and move them along.
    Nothing worse then people pretending to need help, with people who are genuinely struggling around the corner.

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  • November 30, 2017 at 10:12 pm
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    Never has been enough help in Telford for the homeless #speaking from experience

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  • November 30, 2017 at 10:18 pm
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    I got stopped by a man asking for money to get a tax to the PRH. I said I had no money but he persisted and as I had my young child with me I felt very vulnerable. As he wouldn’t go away, I said I only had 50p and he asked for that. I don’t like going to southwater now esp with my child.

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  • November 30, 2017 at 10:18 pm
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    I don’t give ££ to beggars, what I will do is offer to ring the rough sleeper line 01952 259204 or The Homeless worker from Stay Project.

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  • November 30, 2017 at 10:24 pm
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    There isn’t help for the homeless. I had a child when I became homeless and was lucky to have a good friend, the council never helped.

    Some are genuine, others are there due to their own fault in regards of drugs.

    I wouldn’t judge lightly on the homeless, maybe the council should investigate and actually help the situation in south water for once..

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  • November 30, 2017 at 10:32 pm
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    You can tell from the beggers to the homeless the homeless just sit there with there stuff and won’t ask for anything but the beggers will I brought a girl a hot drink and a sandwich she wasn’t greatfull at all it’s a shame there isn’t enough support out there for both homeless and addicts im currently trying 2 help someone who suffers addiction and I can’t even get advice or support

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  • November 30, 2017 at 10:33 pm
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    Im asked every time I pass, they even ask my children, one is early teens and looks younger! They find it intimidating.
    I did give one young guy some money once, as he hadn’t asked for anything. Haven’t seen him recently.

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  • November 30, 2017 at 10:53 pm
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    Again charities are expected to pick up the pieces because people are let down by the council, mainstream services and the so called powers that be.
    For those who are genuinely homeless or need support this is a disgrace!!

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  • November 30, 2017 at 10:54 pm
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    I over heard three of the regular beggars having an argument about who’s turn it was to be outside the Odeon Cinema when it wasn’t their turn, it seems they have a rota between themselves as the cinema is the most lucrative places to go

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  • November 30, 2017 at 10:57 pm
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    So what you do is you, instead of giving them money, give them a sandwich, a drink, or even a little gift. Them using the drinks and sandwiches for drugs, not likely, and you’ll be helping them out

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  • November 30, 2017 at 11:03 pm
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    Dirty smackheads claiming there homeless when really there begging for a fix

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  • November 30, 2017 at 11:08 pm
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    There is always a bloke in a wheelchair claiming he lost his legs in the war. Truth is it’s down to drugs……..

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  • November 30, 2017 at 11:08 pm
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    I offer food, a warm drink and just give the benefit of the doubt that not everybody is on the take and this person might genuinely not know where that next meal is coming from. We’ve hit the minus point on the thermometer the last couple of nights, I just appreciate how lucky I am that I have heating at the flick of a switch.

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  • November 30, 2017 at 11:21 pm
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    I wish I had enough money to really help and make an actual difference. Unfortunately like many others I rush past because I’m barely keeping my own head above water.

    I wish nobody had to face sleeping rough and there was more we could do to help addicts

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