Two Irish towns on HIGH ALERT after beggar is found with €600 and a BMW

16th May 18 | News

Gardai have issued a warning to locals in Killarney and Tralee, Co Kerry, after the town was targetted by professional beggars who have been conning the public into giving them money.

The group are said to be highly organised and have been posing as homeless people in both towns.

According to reports, Gardai first became wary when the group were spotted throwing food donated by well-meaning people into bins and turning down overnight accomodation that was offered to them by homeless services. 

A source said:

“One woman searched by gardai, who had been claimed to be homeless, while begging near a business was found to have €500 to €600 in cash and was driving a BMW.”

Counciller Pa Daly said that they are not genuinely homeless and are exploiting the public's good-heartedness. He argued:

“As well as that they are doing a disservice to the homeless unit of Kerry County Council which is doing excellent work.

They are undermining the work of the homeless services in the eyes of the public.

The truth is there is nobody sleeping rough in Tralee . . . They’re not homeless.

They’re making money.”