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Romanian beggar bands in turf war. Fight for Trondheim’s street corners turns nasty. Police in Trondheim believe two bands of beggars are fighting amongst themselves to get the best street corners at the centre of the city. Some walk up and down particular streets begging for money, whilst several others consistently choose the same corner to sit on, according to Adresseavisen.

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Romanian beggar bands in turf war

Published on Wednesday, 19th May, 2010 at 08:30 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Fight for Trondheim’s street corners turns nasty.

Trondheim torg
Trondheim torg
Photo: Jensens/Wikimedia Commons


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Police in Trondheim believe two bands of beggars are fighting amongst themselves to get the best street corners at the centre of the city.

Some walk up and down particular streets begging for money, whilst several others consistently choose the same corner to sit on, according to Adresseavisen.

One Romanian woman claims she was attacked by a gang of other Romanian beggars whilst playing the accordion outside the Trondheim Torg Shopping Centre.

 “It’s war. Four men and a woman came up to me with an umbrella. They wanted my spot all to themselves, and she started hitting me with it when I refused to move,” says the 29-year-old, who was too frightened to reveal her name for the sake of her family.

But another beggar the paper talked to, who earns 200 kroner a day by asking for money with a cup, denies this is what happened. She claims it’s the accordionist and her family who want to chase new beggars away.

“Trondheim doesn’t only belong to the family that’s been here longest. We only want to stay until we’ve got enough money to go home, as well as being able to come back here another time,” she says.

“Unacceptable”

Håvard G. Kaald, acting head of Sentrum police station, says fighting on the streets isn’t acceptable. He confirms police will be looking into what they can do to follow it up if the situation develops any further.

The 29-year-old from Romania has also alleged those who attacked her were armed, and has reported them to the police.

“Several named people have been pointed out. We believe they were armed with baseball bats and knives,” says Police Inspector Alf Rune Nilsen of Sør-Trøndelag District Police.



Published on Wednesday, 19th May, 2010 at 08:30 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: trondheim, torg, romanian, beggars, streets, corners, war, money, accordion.





  
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