Middlesbrough Mayor’s latest beggars rant splits opinions across Teesside

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Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon’s latest attack on the town’s beggars has split opinions across Teesside.

Last week Mr Mallon launched an unprovoked rant about those who beg for money on Middlesbrough’s streets, declaring they “are not homeless, they are criminals,” and later adding that they “diversify from crime to begging because it pays well.”

His views – which were expressed during a meeting of Middlesbrough Council’s Executive – split opinions of Teessiders who took to social media sites to make their feelings known.

Teesside Homeless Action Group (THAG) have backed the comments which were condemned by local anti-capitalist campaign group, Teesside Solidarity Movement (TSM).

Francis Owens, manager of THAG, said:

“I agree with the comments made by Mayor Mallon.

“The people begging in Middlesbrough and elsewhere are no more homeless than the people they are cadging money from.

“It is easy money for people…

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