Begging on London Transport

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1628
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

How are the Met working with BTP colleagues to tackle begging on trains and Underground services, which appears to be on the increase?

Answer

Answer for Begging on London Transport

Answer for Begging on London Transport

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Depending on its nature, begging on the network and in the immediate environs, is an offence under the Vagrancy Act or the railway byelaws.

Wherever possible our policing partners (including the City of London Police) will adopt a preventative or problem-solving approach by signposting offenders to organisations which will be able to support and assist them. For persistent offenders measures such as arrest and Acceptable Behaviour Contracts will be used. For those found guilty at court, anti-social behaviour contracts can and will be applied for.  This role largely falls within the remit of BTP Neighbourhood Policing Teams and MPS Safer Transport Teams who provide a high-visibility presence across the London transport network to reduce crime, detect offenders and reassure staff and the travelling public.

In addition, the MPS and BTP work jointly at a number of major transport hubs across the Capital, ensuring that as few beggars as possible actually enter the network. Intelligence on specific problems is co-ordinated via the Enforcement and On Street Operations Directorate (EOS) at TfL, and activity monitored through the various 'Compstat' style performance management processes run jointly between TfL and its policing partners.