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1,173 people arrested under archaic UK Vagrancy Act


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More than 1,000 homeless people have been arrested for sleeping rough or begging since the government pledged to scrap the nearly 200-year-old Vagrancy Act, new figures show.

Freedom of information responses from 29 police forces across England and Wales show officers have arrested 1,173 people since 2021 for offences under the archaic 19th-century act including “vagrant being found in or upon enclosed premises” and “begging and wandering around”.

Ministers have been holding off removing the Vagrancy Act from the statute book until they draw up replacement laws, with legislation repealing the act lacking an implementation date.


Vagrancy Act 1824


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I guess they want to make sure the streets are completely vagrant-free for the Coronation .  . .

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