'They say they’re trying to rid the town centre of the blight of beggars and what not, but it’s mainly an attack on homeless people – it’s just to remove poverty from the streets'
'A homeless woman has been jailed for begging in North Wales despite no one having complained, in what campaigners have suggested is part of a wider effort to “remove poverty from the streets”.
Susan Piggott was sentenced to six weeks in prison after she admitted begging outside a shop while she was banned by a criminal behaviour order, according to North Wales Pioneer.
Llandudno Magistrates Court heard that she asked for money and received it from five passers-by, despite being prohibited from sitting on the ground for more than ten minutes in town centres in Conwy County during shop opening hours.
Ms Piggott’s solicitor, Nia Dawson, said the 55-year-old woman was in poor health, that there was no allegation of aggressive begging, and that no one had complained about her behaviour.
Jon Glackin, a former rough sleeper who is the founder of Street Kitchen, a grassroots homeless support group in London, said it was "ridiculous" to criminalise homeless people rather than addressing why they were on the streets.
“There were no complaints of anti-social behaviour about this woman. She was banned from sitting down for 10 minutes. That’s probably where her social life is,” he said.
“This is happening more and more across the UK. They say they’re trying to rid the town centre of the blight of beggars and what not, but it’s mainly an attack on homeless people – it’s just to remove poverty from the streets.'
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