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Council leader Mike Bird said people living outside the borough were coming to Walsall claiming to be homeless and making a lot of money each day from generous town folk.
“Their very presence can be intimidating to shoppers and put them off visiting the town centre." He added: "I have also been contacted by a number of town centre shop-keepers who have raised concerns about the negative impact the daily presence of beggars has on their business.
Extortion (also called shakedown, and, in a legal sense incorrectly, exaction) is obtaining benefit through coercion.
Councillor Bird said: "These people are not homeless.