Operation Minotaur targets beggars

Beggers who use the CBD have been targeted by a two-year police operation , the City News reports.

Operation Minotaur, the police crack-down that started in 2008, more than doubled the number of alleged beggars taken to court, from 47 in 2007 to over 150 in 2009.

Police say that they were worried about widespread soft theft.

The maximum punishment for begging is either a 1000 dollar fine or six months in jail.

Posted via email from 4ZZZ News

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