The mean streets just got meaner for the less fortunate in London.
Metal spikes have gone up outside luxury apartments in an apparent effort to keep the homeless from sleeping there, the Telegraph reported.
"They deserve better than to be moved on to the next doorway along the street. We will never tackle rough sleeping with studs in the pavement," Katharine Sacks-Jones, head of policy and campaigns at the homeless advocate charity Crisis, told the paper. "Instead we must deal with the causes."
Anti homeless floor studs. So much for community spirit :( pic.twitter.com/Yz8VF7Ryid
— Ethical Pioneer (@ethicalpioneer) June 6, 2014
The metal points were reportedly installed two weeks ago in the alcove of high-end flats on Southwark Bridge Road in the borough of Southwark. Residents told the Telegraph they believed the spikes were to deter the homeless after a man slept there six weeks ago.
One resident, Emi Takehara, told Sky News that the measure made her uncomfortable because it treated the homeless like animals.
In a recent tweet, London Mayor Boris Johnson called the spikes "stupid" and asked for their removal.
Spikes outside Southwark housing development to deter rough sleeping are ugly, self defeating & stupid. Developer should remove them ASAP.
— Boris Johnson (@MayorofLondon) June 9, 2014
Social media response ripped the move as well.
These Anti homeless studs are like the spikes they use to keep pigeons off buildings. The destitute now considered vermin.
— David Wells (@dagwells) June 7, 2014
But others did not think the issue was so cut and dried.
I live in an area where there are drunks/junkies sleeping rough. I feel sorry for them but dont want them in my doorstep #AntiHomelessSpikes
— Lady Andrea (@_AndreaUrbanFox) June 7, 2014
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