Police are investigating reports of an aggressive beggar who approaches people in car parks asking for £1 for his bus fare home.
The beggar – dubbed Pound Man – is said to confront shoppers in supermarket car parks in Dewsbury, Batley and Heckmondwike.
He also reportedly hangs around the car park at Dewsbury District Hospital, often approaching lone women going back to their cars.
The man goes up to people asking for £1 so he can get home to Leeds – but he has been attempting the same scam for so long people are getting wise to him.
While some still hand over cash, others give him short shrift.
James Ratcliffe was approached in the Tesco Extra car park in Batley when he was shopping with his son and wants to warn others.
Mr Ratcliffe said: “He approached me and asked if I had any spare change and I said: ‘Sorry I don’t carry cash.’ He then approached quite a few women and goes up really close to them and is very intimidating.
“One of the women was in her mid-60s and was putting shopping in her car. People need to be warned about what he’s doing.”
Another woman contacted the Examiner claiming the man first approached her about three years ago. He seemed to disappear but was now back.
She said she believed he had been banned from local stores because of his behaviour.
She added: “My husband was in Dewsbury hospital in September and I noticed this man behind a tree in the hospital car park.
“I’m told he once went into a shop in Cleckheaton and asked for some money so he could go and see his girlfriend who was about to give birth at Dewsbury hospital.
“The next time this woman saw him she asked about his girlfriend and baby and he had no idea what she was talking about.
“He has approached me three times now. I thought he’d gone but it seems he’s come back. He’s a complete nuisance.”
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Police are investigating reports of this type of activity in Dewsbury and Heckmondwike and would advise people who are made to feel threatened or intimidated by persistent begging to contact the police.
“Police do work with partners in Kirklees Council to take action against those responsible for anti-social behaviour and anyone who has information or intelligence should contact their local NPT on 101.”
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