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‘Non-homeless’ people accused of begging in Eastbourne town centre

Street drinkers have been accused of begging in Eastbourne town centre – by the town’s genuine homeless community.

Eastbourne Police say officers were called to an incident recently in Terminus Road after it was reported by two homeless people that groups of non-homeless people were turning up, drinking and becoming anti-social.

The statement from police comes after a number of members of the public believed officers were moving on people sleeping rough on the street which, says the force, was not the case.

PC Scott Franklin-Lester, the beat officer for Eastbourne town centre for 16 years, responded to the call concerning some members of the street community and moved the group on away from the immediate area.

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