‘For the last 6 months we have been working tirelessly to help witht he homeless/begging situation in the area, 6 months ago we had 17 homeless/beggars in the area, due to our work and liaising with other partner agencies we now have that number down to 3, and we continue to work with these 3 to resolve the situation, there is no reason why anyone should be living homeless or begging in the area other than an individual refusing to accept the help and support available.
The issue is not solely a Police problem and requires a multi-agency approach, therefore Humberside Police are working with multiple agencies to deal with individuals who have complex needs.
Unfortunately, we have large numbers of members of the public who continue to give money and food to these 3 persons, this is not helping as we need to be supporting and encouraging anyone homeless or begging to be engaging with the large amount of professional support available where food and assistance with other issues will be given.
Unfortunately giving food and money is preventing these persons engaging with professional help available, we kindly request that if you know of anyone who gives to the homeless/beggars to politely request that the best option is to instead put money in the Harbour Place charity boxes at various shops in the area.
If you would like a ‘NO NEED TO BEG’ poster for your window or would like a Harbour Place charity box please speak to anyone from your local Police team and we will arrange this for you.
We will continue to support you with any issues that any homeless/beggars persons are causing you, so please continue to report any issues or speak with any of your local Police team when you see us in the area.
You can report suspicious activity or request further crime prevention information by contacting your local station on 101, or by speaking to them on one of their regular patrols around your area.
You can find out the latest information on Neighbourhood Policing in your neighbourhood by logging on to www.humberside.police.uk or by following us on Twitter @HP_Cleethorpes
Your Local Policing Team’
(taken from a Making a Difference poster that was handed out in Cleethorpes on 6th March 2018)