Shoppers in Northampton urged not to give money to beggars in the town centre

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Shoppers in Northampton town centre are being asked not to ‘Kill with Kindness’ by giving money to beggars.

The ‘Killing with Kindness’ campaign is supported by Northamptonshire Police, Charities from Oasis House, housing support and community safety staff from Northampton Borough Council.

It aims to highlight the concern that gifts of money to homeless people are likely to be used to fuel a drink or drug habit.

PC Michael Rogers and PCSO Naomi Burkart-Barker will be supporting local agencies that offer long-term support at an event in the Grosvenor Centre on Friday, February 27, from 11am to 3pm.

The ongoing campaign aims to help raise awareness of and deal with the issues in the town centre relating to begging and street drinking.

Members of the public will be urged to consider giving a donation to charities, who work with people providing essential life skills and support, to introduce them back into society and ultimately a better quality of life.