Beg­gars use in­tim­i­da­tion to so­licit cash from lo­cals

Franklin County News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - SERGEANT DEAN BORRELL

‘‘Please don’t give to them, if you want to help, try a lo­cal charity that can give proper all-round sup­port.’’

Un­for­tu­nately from time to time we have an is­sue with beg­gars in our Franklin towns, Waiuku in par­tic­u­lar has two to three reg­u­lars.

These peo­ple don’t live in our towns but travel here be­cause peo­ple give them money.

Some could be called pro­fes­sion­als be­cause they travel from place to place so­lic­it­ing money and go where the re­turns are best.

Please don’t give to them, if you want to help, try a lo­cal charity that can give proper all-round sup­port.

Many beg­gars are in­tim­i­dat­ing peo­ple and us­ing threat­en­ing tac­tics and mak­ing other peo­ple ter­ri­fied to walk past them.

I was told of a story last week where some­one bought a beg­gar a pie and he then tried to ex­change it for cash at the bak­ery. So hunger wasn’t his prob­lem - prob­a­bly cig­a­rettes and al­co­hol are - so your kind­ness is ac­tu­ally harm­ing them in many cases.

A few weeks ago some­one brought a beg­gar some fruit and was dis­heart­ened when they later walked past to see he’d thrown it into the gut­ter.

We don’t want beg­gars in our towns in­tim­i­dat­ing our vul­ner­a­ble, please look at the big­ger pic­ture and stop giv­ing them money.

Some re­cent hap­pen­ings this week: Tuakau po­lice ar­rested two peo­ple for sev­eral of­fences, a 20-year-old Pukekohe man and 17-yearold Pukekohe youth. They were con­nected with sev­eral bur­glar­ies and street rob­beries in Tuakau so hope­fully this will re­duce the num­ber of bur­glar­ies in the town.

Last night Pukekohe Po­lice pur­sued a ve­hi­cle in Pukekohe north for fail­ing to stop. Af­ter an ex­tended pe­riod, po­lice sub­se­quently ar­rested the two oc­cu­pants, a 30-year-old Pukekohe man on a mul­ti­tude of charges and the pas­sen­ger, a 29-year-old woman also on sev­eral charges in­clud­ing breach­ing bail con­di­tions.

And in Tuakau last week po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at Barn­aby Rd house look­ing for ev­i­dence re­lat­ing to a fraud and found a cannabis grow­ing op­er­a­tion in­stead.

If you are aware of any­one cul­ti­vat­ing cannabis or man­u­fac­tur­ing drugs, even vague sus­pi­cion you can phone the po­lice ab­so­lutely anony­mously or e mail – we won’t take your name- 0800 555 111. This can be any in­for­ma­tion like who’s re­ceiv­ing property or has stolen property in their home etc.Or you can come into your lo­cal sta­tion and talk to a po­lice of­fi­cer.

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