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Eastgate begging rota

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On 14 May 2017 at 10:36am Oldbutintouch wrote:
The begging spot at the side of Boots is obviously so lucrative (plenty of the smugeratti heading for Waitrose) that they seem to have agreed a rota. The spot is shared between four "beggars", who swop over at intervals. As their props, sleeping bags, cases etc., create an obstruction of the footpath, surely our police should say "move on there now"?
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On 14 May 2017 at 11:01am leaf wrote:
That is what the PCSOs used to do, but we have none now, thanks Theresa May.
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On 14 May 2017 at 11:41am Toenail wrote:
This picture sums up the begging situation in Lewes.

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On 14 May 2017 at 12:07pm Hell wrote:
I would rather top myself than spend my days looking like a piece of s##t and sponging off others just to waste it on drugs, booze and fags. These people are pathetic and a waste of oxygen.
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On 14 May 2017 at 12:38pm Mario wrote:
They both live in Landport!
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On 14 May 2017 at 12:55pm Tinker wrote:
Tailor, soldier, sailor. Richman ,poorman, beggarman, thief. So not quite the bottom of the pile.
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On 14 May 2017 at 1:00pm Mark wrote:
Well, it's what you lot voted for. Britain under the Tory party.
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On 14 May 2017 at 1:38pm leaf wrote:
just wondering why the thumbs down for my previous reply? as both home sec and PM she has stuffed the police. What are you disagreeing with/
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On 14 May 2017 at 1:41pm We'vehadourfun wrote:
It's the homeless people giving you the thumbs down
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On 14 May 2017 at 2:12pm Mark wrote:
Don't worry about it leaf. They're just simple-minded Tories. They get their version of the truth courtesy of Rupert Murdoch.
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On 14 May 2017 at 2:51pm Redballs wrote:
Yes Mark it came as a complete surprise to me also, I hadn't ever seen a beggar before the Tories got in. I even had to ask someone what they were doing. I thought they were resting.
Never saw anything like that under Bliar. Wars yes, beggars never!
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On 14 May 2017 at 2:53pm Ramsey Bolton wrote:
ALL feral creatures should be ripped to shreds screaming in agony.Hopefully we will all be able to enjoy the blood fest again when our Fuhrer May is reinstated in Number 10.
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On 14 May 2017 at 5:12pm The Greek wrote:
Never happened before 2010. No rough sleeping was recorded in Lewes prior to 2010, now it is being recorded. Vile Tory lack of empathy seems to have seeped into the posters on this forum too.
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On 14 May 2017 at 5:47pm Hell wrote:
Cobblers.
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On 14 May 2017 at 7:28pm Dumbo wrote:
@greek
They are not rough sleepers. They go home after a day scrounging to a nice bed at Landport.
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On 14 May 2017 at 7:28pm The Cypriot wrote:
I fear that a number of genuinely homeless and sober people who have fallen on hard times aren't getting tarred with the same brush as the few that allegedly live in landport and beg for drug money.
One in particular I see on a regular basis, having worked in the town centre for 3-4 years now, lost it all during the recession including his business and home. Has been homeless ever since, not helped by you Tory scumbags who view these people as sub-human. Anyone not stirred by some kind of sympathy towards other human beings who have fallen on hard times needs to take a good look at themselves, YOU are what is wrong with this country, not the homeless.
Even those who are drug addicts, they're suffering from an addiction, an endless cycle perpetuated by the way we treat addiction in this country as criminal and not social. Take ANY study from Portugal to the States to Holland where some drugs are decriminalised and you will see that it's blindingly obvious this ridiculous, almost hilariously ill-informed 'war on drugs' does not work. Indisputable. Fact. Come at me you conservative fools.
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On 14 May 2017 at 7:30pm Numpty alert wrote:
Go away pedr0
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On 14 May 2017 at 7:31pm The Cypriot wrote:
I think that comment by 'Redballs' rather nicely sums up the privilege and naivety constantly on display in Lewes amongst the middle and upper class-someone's actually had to explain the concept of begging to you. I suppose you just don't look down from up there to see what you're treading on?
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On 14 May 2017 at 8:22pm We'vehadourfun wrote:
Paeodrone is no way near that articulate or well informed. First sensible post today gos to cypriot
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On 14 May 2017 at 8:58pm Jennifer wrote:
Is there no end to this awfulness? That poor woman! That poor child! What if one of the beggars tried to take money from either of them or approached them? It would be horrific and offensive! My husband, as I have mentioned before, helped obtain an order in London requiring beggars to be taken away and arrested after being warned once. He found last week that some roads in Lewes had a prohibition on drinking in public, made in 2006, long before we moved here. I would like this extended at once to cover unwanted approaches or sitting in the ways you here. We will help raise living standards a little bit!
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On 14 May 2017 at 9:50pm No good wrote:
I would give up jennifer. Poor quality again.
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On 15 May 2017 at 7:15am Back door angel wrote:
" drop one penny in every second bowl, make half the beggars lose"
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On 15 May 2017 at 10:52am Pedro wrote:
I've made similar comments to Cypriot (about the way we treat addictions as criminal etc), but if they have articulated it better than I did, then so be it - I'm not here for other peoples acknowledgements or praise! So well said Cypriot

I would add to his point that de-criminalisation in Portugal over the past 15 years has seen a huge decline in overdose death rates in the country. Its now at just 3 deaths per 1m citizens caused by overdosing, well below the EU average of 17.3 per 1m, or worryingly the UK at 44.6 deaths from drug overdose per 1m people.
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On 15 May 2017 at 11:25am Cocktail Sausage wrote:
Since when did people die from an overdose of pot ????
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On 15 May 2017 at 11:47am Pedro wrote:
@ cocktail sausage, it refers to all drugs. Overdosing on cannabis is almost impossible as your question implies, let alone a fatal overdose, as its not a toxic substance. Overdosing on heroin or alcohol is very feasible, however.
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On 15 May 2017 at 8:20pm Tom Pain wrote:
Have to agree with Cypriot. Drug dependence in the early sixties was negligible until it was criminalised. I don't understand why but it's a verifiable fact. I suppose there's so much money to be made selling an addictive product. The British Empire was largely built on slave and drug running,not that the British people got much out of it. Is it possible that the same concerns are still involved in the trade and the continuing conflict in Afghanistan has something to do with it?
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On 16 May 2017 at 9:14am Do they have a home wrote:
I thought the place that they had in Landport was the one that caught fire before Christmas? Did they get another home?
I saw a number of people sleeping in sleeping bags on the way to work this morning (along with one arguing with window cleaners). I do not think the morning school run a very lucrative time to be out (especially as there was no begging but sleeping going on). Are we sure they now have a home
I'm sure the amount of 'beggers' I see has gone up in number even over the last month or two.
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On 16 May 2017 at 11:56am Spelling Bee wrote:
Beggars not beggers
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On 16 May 2017 at 12:39pm Offham Rascal wrote:
So this group that we see begging have burned down their house six months ago and two of them / their associates overdose in the public toilets, surely enough is enough isn't it?
The trick that has always meant that I have a home (and don't burn it down) is have a job, keep on top of your social consumption and pay your bills. Im no Superman but it works for me...


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