Shocking fake 'Edinburgh Council' sign says anyone found 'begging' in Leith will be jailed and fined

A fake 'Edinburgh Council' sign has appeared in Leith which states that anyone found begging in the area would be jailed and fined

Monday, 30th September 2019, 6:00 pm
The notice outside of Sainsbury's in Leith Walk. Pic: David Goldberg/Google Maps

The shocking notice was taped to a lamppost by the Sainsbury's shop in Leith Walk, across from Albert Street.

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The reads: "Begging is now prohibited in the Leith area of Edinburgh.

"Anyone found to be begging will be arrested and fined £300 and 6 months in prison.

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"Anyone that gives money to beggars will be fined £1000.

"The giving of food is permitted.

"There has been an increase of antisocial and threatening behaviour towards members of the public.

"This will not be tolerated."

Councillor Amy McNeese-Mechan, vice convener of Culture and Communities, said: “We can confirm that this sign has not been posted by the council and any found will be removed as soon as possible.”