Vul­ner­a­bil­ity of rough sleep­ers

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

ON Thurs­day 19th May pass­ing through Hayes on a bus, I saw a young man sleep­ing on a bench in front of The Beefeater Pub.

He was no doubt, in a very vul­ner­a­ble po­si­tion. That was ap­prox­i­mately 12.25pm. Then on Satur­day 21st, 11.30am in Ruis­lip High Street, was a beg­gar parked in the door­way of Spec­savers!

A lit­tle later, about mid­day, at Hilling­don Sta­tion, two young men were get­ting up from the ground with their sleep­ing bags and ruck­sacks. On Sun­day May 22nd in Har­row, a beg­gar plus ac­cor­dion was parked in the door­way of the PDSA shop, that was 3.30pm.

In not one of these in­stances did I see any­one in au­thor­ity ap­proach any­one to query what they were do­ing there, es­pe­cially as beg­ging is illegal in this coun­try.

I’ve seen the beg­gars in Lan­cashire. They are all over the coun­try and laugh­ing at our laws! If we can­not take ad­e­quate care of peo­ple al­ready here, how are we sup­posed to cope with a fur­ther in­flux? It is be­yond me. MRS MT B EARL Hamil­ton Cres­cent Har­row

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