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Police seize possessions of rough sleepers in crackdown on homelessness

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Police seize possessions of rough sleepers in crackdown on homelessness

Post by Get'emGonçalo on 13.10.13 20:54

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Police in north London have seized blankets, sleeping bags and food donations from rough sleepers in a crackdown on homelessness.

A local paper reported that the belongings, mostly donated by sympathetic members of the community, were snatched by police from a group of homeless people as they sheltered in an abandoned public baths for the night.
The nine people, including a man in his sixties, were seeking cover from a cold night in Redbridge and were left stunned when their worldly possessions disappeared into the back of a police car.
One of the men targeted in the action, Adam Jaskowiak, pleaded with officers to be allowed to keep his possessions for warmth. The  34-year-old said: “They [the police officers] were just taking the sleeping bags and chucking out everything. I asked to keep it, and the food, but they said ‘No’.
“I just grabbed as many of my things as possible and put them into a bag and ran.”
Police later confirmed that the shocking intervention was part of a co-ordinated effort to “reduce the negative impact of rough sleepers”.
Chief Inspector John Fish told the Ilford Recorder: “The public rely on the police to reduce the negative impact; this includes the need for us to assist in the removal of tents and bedding from public spaces and other inappropriate locations.”
In response, Joanne McCartney, chair of the Police and Crime Committee at the Greater London Assembly, has written to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner asking for an explanation for the seizure.
Her letter, seen by The Independent, raises doubts over the legality of the police’s approach and asks Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe on whose authority the officers acted.
“These are the most vulnerable people in society and they have to be offered assistance,” Mrs McCartney said. “To take someone’s only source of food and warmth seems to be extremely draconian and misguided to say the least.”
The move has also sparked outrage from the voluntary sector. Rita Chadha, head of the Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London, said the move was dangerous as well as confusing. “We are going through one of the coldest summers we have ever had, it’s a strong possibility that someone could die,” she said.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-seize-possessions-of-rough-sleepers-in-crackdown-on-homelessness-8631665.html

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Re: Police seize possessions of rough sleepers in crackdown on homelessness

Post by Guest on 13.10.13 23:05

This story dates back to May this year. Here's a report from the local paper.

http://www.ilfordrecorder.co.uk/news/new_police_guidelines_to_be_introduced_following_claims_officers_took_sleeping_bags_from_rough_sleepers_in_Ilford_1_2231835

Shocking if there is any truth in the original report.

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Re: Police seize possessions of rough sleepers in crackdown on homelessness

Post by susible on 14.10.13 18:28

Yes, I saw this previously on another forum, it turns out that when the police arrived (due to complaints) the majority of the rough sleepers got up and left, leaving their belongings behind, which the police then had to clean up.  So not quite the shocking story as has been implied.

Sorry I can't remember where I found the link for the follow on story, but head is full of McCann mush right now and body is full of antibiotics, but will certainly have a look for it soon.

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Post by Who?What?Where? on 20.10.13 0:45

The system that has created increasing homelessness, because it served their purpose, is now going to crack down on it?

This has to be the product of an insane mind.

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