FEARS that begging is on the rise across Andover, leaving people feeling "intimidated", has seen an operation launched to tackle the issue.

Members of Andover Town Council have been hearing concerns from residents about begging and anti-social behaviour in recent months, with police this week telling the public not to hand over money.

Both town councillors and police have warned not all of those begging are doing so out of necessity.

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