Six people have appeared in court for offences including "persistently" begging in a public place across the country in the last six months.

They include one 34-year-old man who was fined £200 for breaking a community protection order after he was seen begging in Abergavenny on two occasions.

In a separate incident, a 28-year-old man was handed a 10-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, after he was seen begging at a retail park in Brynmawr.

Read more: The reality of 'aggressive begging' in Cardiff, its impact, its victims and those trapped by its rules

Back in 2018, "aggressive begging" was described as the biggest issue facing businesses in Cardiff city centre. At the time it was announced that two police constables would be funded and recruited by business improvement district, FOR Cardiff, to help tackle the issue, as well as other problems.

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But the announcement was not welcomed by homelessness charities which criticised the "criminalisation" of the homeless and "already vulnerable people". Many homeless people have recently returned to the streets despite being offered accommodation during the pandemic. You can read more about that here.

Speaking at the time, rough sleepers in Cardiff also explained how they felt "tarred by the same brush" as those accused of aggressive begging and believed the issue was being used as an "excuse" to target the homeless.

Here are the details from court cases involving begging heard in magistrates' courts across Wales:

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