A group of beggars have been caught paying for parking and leaving a car for the day as they went on the scrounge around Cambridge.
They were pictured getting out of the Romania-registered VW Passat estate car on Saturday morning before heading to the city’s shopping arcades.
They were then seen splitting up to beg for money in different parts of the city centre.
Locals are so fed up with them that some have questioned whether one of the group who walks with a crutch is actually disabled.
According to a witness they left their SatNav on its cradle and they paid for parking from 9am until 6pm – the maximum time allowed.
When one of them was approached he said he was Italian and he said ‘I do not speak English’, according to MailOnline.
Lisa Jay from the British Red Cross said: ‘I have seen the man with the stick try his luck with myself and others as they walk into the bank. I have previously told him as I walked into the supermarket “I have no change”.
‘After I left with my shopping, he was confrontational and spoke in English.
‘They look to target the students who have some spare change and don’t want the hassle of turning them down. They bark at the kids – it’s easy prey to them.’
Asma Begum, 34, said: ‘I saw the group getting out of their car earlier this week, most days in fact.
‘When I have seen them, it appeared odd that the man with the disability walked using a child’s crutch.
‘I had never thought that they were homeless, as I had seen them get out of the car and wait around before walking off. It’s not like there’s any bus routes on the road to wait for.’
Cambridge City Council has been approached for comment.
Inspector Nick Skipworth told metro.co.uk: ‘We know that not all those who beg are homeless and not all homeless people beg. However, organised activity such as this is a priority for us as we aware this group targets other cities.
‘We are working closely with partner agencies including Cambridge City Council to tackle anti-social behaviour and meet weekly to discuss issues which include begging and associated criminality.
‘We would always encourage members of the public who want to help genuine homelessness to donate to Cambridge Street Aid or one of the city’s many charities and organisations instead of giving cash directly to those on the street.’