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Antisocial Behaviour Awareness Week - ways to respond to street begging

21 July 2021

This week is antisocial behaviour awareness week which runs from 19 to 25 July 2021. Check out part two of our series which provides residents with helpful tips to help report and reduce antisocial behaviour in the borough.

To give or not to give

Richmond Council has been working closely with SPEAR to provide support and accommodation to rough sleepers on our streets.

With help from our partners and the public we have ensured that rough sleepers have been offered accommodation throughout the Lockdown Period.

However, as we return to normality both rough sleepers and the public face new challenges.

Richmond has seen an increase in street begging from groups coming into the borough, making it hard to tell who is in genuine need.

But there are steps you can take if you are unsure how to respond.

  • If you think the person is in immediate danger, needs urgent care, or is under 18, please call 999
  • To tell us about someone who is rough sleeping, please contact Streetlink London. They will coordinate the response for the rough sleeper.
  • If you don’t have access to a computer, please call the SPEAR outreach team on 020 8404 1481

If you want a safe lasting alternative, please use the links below to support the charities working in this area:

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Updated: 21 July 2021