Aggressive beggar arrested for pestering passersby for cash in trouble-plagued Tunstall


An aggressive beggar has been arrested after he breached an order not to pester passersby for cash in Stoke-on-Trent.

The man had been handed a community protection notice ordering him not ask members of the public for money in trouble-plagued Tunstall.

But he was detained today by police after once again becoming abusive.

It is the latest incident to kick off in the town which has been plagued with  street drinking, fighting and drug dealing in the area around Tower Square in recent weeks.

Other crimes have included a man was ‘off his head’ who swiped two pot plants from Home Bargains before pelting cars with soil and abusing shoppers at Alexandra Retail Park.

Salon owner Tracy O’Brien, who runs Beauty on the Square, was horrified to discover a used needle had been posted through the letterbox by a rough sleeper.

A rough sleeper in the doorway of Beauty on the Square,Tower Square, Tunstall

And police seized a knife after carrying out a stop-search in Tower Square.

Concerns have also been raised over rough sleepers bedding down in shop doorways and on one occasion a man was even spotted performing a sex act.

In response, officers have pledged to step up patrols.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “A male has been arrested in Tunstall for breaching his community protection notice.

“He had conditions not to ask members of the public for money and not to be abusive. He will now be appearing in court.”

The arrest comes after residents and business owners have taken to social media to complain about the state of the town.

Pauline Hopwood said: “I hate going through Tunstall Square because of the people that hang out there all day, I don’t feel safe.

“It never used to be like this. It’s not fair when you live right by it and nothing ever gets done. It’s not a safe place to live anymore.”

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Kerry Ogoran added: “The dust heads are just disgusting and try to intimidate people for money. The police are under pressure I get that, but yet it’s getting out of control and it’s unfair to elderly shoppers and families, it’s not nice for children. They can be very scary.”





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