Guards set to leave

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

The se­cu­rity guards at St Peter’s Arcade will fin­ish their work on Sun­day.

The guards, who work for an in­de­pen­dent se­cu­rity firm, have cost the coun­cil £8,024 to pa­trol the city cen­tre from 7pm to 7am for 19 days.

The rough sleep­ers at the arcade who the Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph spoke to had dis­ap­peared by yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, but the coun­cil in­sisted that they had moved of their own ac­cord and not through force.

Maeve Mc Goldrick, head of pol­icy and cam­paigns at Cri­sis, the na­tional char­ity for home­less peo­ple, said: “It is a scan­dal that any­one should be sleep­ing rough in 21st cen­tury Bri­tain.

“Peo­ple sleep­ing on the streets are 17 times more likely to be a vic­tim of vi­o­lence, and the av­er­age age of death for home­less peo­ple in the UK is just 47 years.

“You are never go­ing to solve this by sim­ply mov­ing peo­ple along to a dif­fer­ent place. That’s why we’re call­ing on peo­ple to write to their MP to sup­port the Home­less­ness Re­duc­tion Bill which is right now go­ing through par­lia­ment.”

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