Guards set to leave
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.”