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Aberdeen begging by-law plan rejected by Scottish ministers

Scottish ministers have rejected a proposed by-law to ban street begging in some parts of Aberdeen.

The city council had applied for the controversial law because it said the area had a particular problem.

It would have made begging illegal within pre-designated zones, but objectors said existing legislation allowed the police to deal with the problem effectively.

Councillors had voted to pursue the by-law last year.

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