Three Romanian women have been charged and fined for begging in Coventry
The trio were arrested last week by police after complaints were made
about their activities.
They were targeted as part of Operation Shopcote, which was launched
following a spate of begging in the city centre.
The three women, who are asylum seekers living in Coventry, had five
children aged between four months and four years with them at the time of their arrest on
Social workers took the youngsters away and returned them to their
families while the women were held at the police station.
They appeared at Coventry Magistrates Court the following day and
admitted a charge of begging.
Each was fined £50 and later released. The immigration service has
been informed of their crimes.
Insp Gary Herrington, of Coventry polices city centre sector,
said the arrests showed that action was being taken against anyone causing a nuisance by
Thanks to the partnership approach we are confident that the
initial problem is under control.
Various agencies who work with displaced people are working
hard to bring the message to them that begging is not the way forward.
He urged people who were pestered by beggars to be tolerant towards
them and to contact police.