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Beggar's on EUR30.

Byline: JOE ROBERTS

A HOMELESS man was making EUR30.000 a year as he topped up his benefits by begging.

Michael Hunter, 36, took up to pounds 90 a day on the streets and claimed pounds 155 a week in handouts, magistrates were told. He was convicted under the Vagrancy Act and fined pounds 20.

The court heard Hunter, who used the cash to feed his drug and alcohol addictions, told police he begged up to seven days a week in Yeovil, Somerset.

But Hunter said yesterday he made pounds 20 a day and would beg again to pay his fine. He said: "I have been begging for 19 years and I have no plans to give up."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 6, 2004
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