Begging crackdown call before royal wedding

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Image caption Knight in shining armor Harry and Meghan Markle have got described Windsor as a “very specific place”

A council leader offers called for action to tackle “aggressive begging” in Windsor, ahead of the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Simon Dudley, of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, has called at the Berkshire police and crime office (PCC) to address the issue “urgently”.

Mr Dudley said road begging created a ” hostile atmosphere” for each residents and tourists .

Windsor Homeless Project explained the comments as “abhorrent”.

In December Mr Dudley tweeted regarding an ” epidemic of rough sleeping plus vagrancy ” in the city.

He said he’d be asking Thames Valley Law enforcement and the PCC to “focus upon dealing with this before the royal wedding”.

‘Unfavourable light’

He went on to explain how “vagrancy and begging” designed people were “marching tourists to money points to withdraw cash” : although Thames Valley Police said this had received no such reviews .

Mr Dudley also said some people were making hundreds of pounds a week targeting travelers and residents in Windsor.

In his letter on Wednesday to PCC Anthony Stansfeld, the particular Conservative councillor said: “The entire situation… presents a beautiful town in the sadly unfavourable light.

He wrote: “The level of visitor interest is set to multiply with all the royal wedding in May 2018, plus there are increased concerns from our occupants about their safety. ”

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Image caption The particular couple will marry at Saint George’s Chapel at Windsor Fortress in May

He said many beggars are not homeless and called for “immediate actions, as this is a significant security concern, specifically given the national importance of Windsor”.

Windsor Destitute Project manager Murphy James mentioned it was “sickening” that Mr Dudley had cited the royal wedding ceremony as a reason for his concerns.

He said: “If someone is sleeping out on the street they may not be there by choice; they are generally there because something has gone wrong.

“I went out on Xmas Day and there were 12 individuals laid out on Windsor High Street : they were not there by option. ”

Mr Stansfeld said the council had not elevated the issue with him on his final visit there but said helping the homeless was a “priority”.

He also said safeguarding the public was “of the utmost significance… and the force work day in plus day out to keep people safe through harm and make the Thames Area a safe place to live, function and visit”.

Windsor has been described as a “very exclusive place” for Prince Harry plus Miss Markle, who have spent period there together since meeting within July 2016.

They are going to marry at St George’s Church at Windsor Castle on nineteen May.

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