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THE increasing number of vagrants and beggars in the area has raised a serious red flag and police have asked the community to stand firm.

In Pennington, it has been reported that a group of three youngsters goes around begging and they then become aggressive when people refuse to give.

A few known whoonga addicts are a common sight in the Scottburgh central and surrounding areas according to police.

These addicts have been spotted selling packets of chillies, litchis and curry leaves (stolen from someone’s garden). They sometimes act as car guards or beg.

Some whoonga addicts are known to steal and sell clothing from washing lines, electrical appliances and other items residents leave lying around outside their premises.

By buying these items from them, members of the public are creating a market for stolen property and only encouraging their drug habit.

Police ask the public to think twice before encouraging begging and vagrancy. Do not give out of a sense of guilt, but make an attempt to sincerely help a person who is less fortunate than yourself.

Captain Vincent Pandarum said: “As a community and because we care about our town, our environment and the welfare of these young people – let us invest in organisations that help beggars and vagrants regain their sense of pride and dignity.”

Mid South Coast Mail

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