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Act criminalises homelessness and stops people accessing help: experts

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The Vagrancy Act 1824 makes it an offence to sleep rough or beg.

The Vagrancy Act 1824 makes it an offence to sleep rough or beg.

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The Vagrancy Act 1824 makes it an offence to sleep rough or beg.

Pressure is growing to repeal a law that "criminalises homelessness" after it emerged that 45 people had been convicted in Northern Ireland's courts under the Vagrancy Act since 2015.

Originally brought in to make it easier for police to remove destitute soldiers returning from the Napoleonic Wars from the streets, the Vagrancy Act 1824 makes it an offence to sleep rough or beg.

According to figures released by Justice Minister Naomi Long, 83 prosecutions have been made under the Act in Northern Ireland since 2015, with 45 resulting in a conviction.


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