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City councilor and police combat panhandling

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Concerns over increased panhandling have prompted one Lowell city councilor to push for a review of related ordinances and a plan to crack down on the practice. Councilor Marty Lorrey said he has received steady complaints from residents who have been approached by panhandlers in several parts of downtown, as well as at a number of busy intersections. Lowell Police Captain Kelly Richardson said he has also noticed an uptick in complaints in recent weeks. To curb the practice near businesses, his sector captains are telling store owners to post no-trespassing and no-loitering signs.