RESIDENTS are being encouraged to stop giving beggars cash and support charities that help them instead.
The Safer Portsmouth Partnership (SPP) has found 16 people in the city who begging to fund drug and alcohol addictions.
Councillor Eleanor Scott, cabinet member for environment and community safety, said: ‘Portsmouth people are very generous.
‘If you want to support those begging in the city to make a positive change, redirecting your kindness is the best way to help.’
Contributions can be given to services including Central Point, a day care centre in Kingston Road, Portsmouth.