POLICE have been patrolling supermarket car parks after an increase in reports of aggressive begging.

Officers from West Yorkshire Police's Batley and Spen Neighbourhood Policing Team focused on the Heckmondwike area in a recent patrol.

Information was collated regarding those involved, and further enquiries are being made, police said.

One person, who was reporting as homeless, was spoken to and referrals were put in place for this person.

Police said patrols will be continuing around the town centre to signpost anyone who requires assistance.

PCSO Dyson said: “There is a clear difference between those who are in need of help and find themselves in a desperate situation, and others who prey on vulnerable people, demanding money.

“With an increase in patrols, we will be able to identify anyone targeting people, but also provide us with the opportunity to work with partners to signpost anyone who genuinely needs help."

If you have any information regarding aggressive begging, then this can be reported to West Yorkshire Police via 101 or Online101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

Alternatively, anyone who is known to be sleeping rough can be referred to services via https://www.streetlink.org.uk