Vulnerability of rough sleepers
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