absolutely outrageous that the Met have annouced that sleeping rough will become a crime in 6 london boroughs (the wealthiest ones..suprise suprise) and croydon. As if in any possible way that is going to help those vulnerable people on the street. the lack of collaboration between the police, social services and HUGE cuts to welfare mean that there are so very few shelters to take rough sleepers at all. Who is going to benefit from this law? being put in the cells night after night isnt good for those rough sleepers, nor is it good for the police to spend their time doing so (and if you want to get all right wing rhetoric on it - it aint a good way to spend tax payers money). I shall be attending protest at City Hall on wednesday 26th Feb, 10 am, to let the GLA and Boris know that we are not going to let this sort of social cleansing take place..come too!
this is a link to good article. good to get that out. http://www.eastlondonlines.co.uk/2014/02/croydon-met-police-targeting-homeless-in-new-initiative/