Five people have been arrested for begging as part of a police crackdown.
Undercover officers have been operating in Coventry city centre and making arrests when they were asked for money.
To charge beggars with the offence, police need evidence from a person who has been asked for money, police said.
A 31-year-old man was fined £65 and two others, aged 30 and 31, spent two nights in custody. A 27-year-old woman and man, aged 24, have yet to be dealt with, a spokesman said.