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Beg or go hungry

Issue No. 1695

Beg or go hungry

HOUNDING asylum seekers for begging has led to soaring physical and verbal attacks against people who live on the streets. Homeless charity Crisis shows that 78 percent of homeless people are the victims of crime. Around half had been assaulted. A new report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, to be published this week, shows that most street beggars are genuinely destitute. They are forced to beg as an alternative to stealing or prostitution.


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Sat 6 May 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1695
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