Romanian beggars in gang effort to get cash
Gangs of professional beggars from Romania are pleading for cash on Edinburgh's streets - after being dropped off for "work" in cars and vans.
Police are growing increasingly concerned about the gangs, spotted in the city centre, the Southside and Leith in recent days.
Carrying identical messages written on pieces of cardboard, the mainly women beggars claim to have children to feed and no money. Most of the money they collect is believed to be sent back to Romania.