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A homeless man in Hartlepool says a number of beggars in the town are only pretending to be in need.
A campaign has been launched in Hartlepool to try to deter aggressive begging.
Police Community Support Officers in Hartlepool believe some of the begging in the town is organised and some people are making up to £50 a day.
Operation Grantham will see the Community Safety Team using legal powers to try to curb aggressive begging.
The council is urging people to make donations to charities, including Hartlepool Foodbank, instead of giving money directly to people on the street.