Street ‘clean up’ responsible for homeless death.
A homeless man in England has died just days after the council took his sleeping bag away.
The man was found dead in Bournemouth, Dorset just days after his sleeping bag was ‘removed’ by the council.
Other anti-homeless measures in the area have also been carried out, such as playing loud music to deter people from sleeping rough near bus and railways stations.
The homeless was, known as ‘Kev’ was found by his friend.
He told the Metro:
I put my hand on him to shake him and that’s when I knew something was wrong and my heart sank,”
“A couple of weeks ago he said the council took his sleeping bag. They see it as rubbish but they don’t realise these are homeless people; sleeping bags are the stuff that keeps them warm.”
The council had supposedly taken the homeless man’s sleeping bag away in an effort to keep the streets ‘clean’.
His friend added:
I commute through Bournemouth every day and he would sit on the wall at the corner of the road. That’s what made me pull over the first time – I stopped to ask him if he was okay and we got talking. I wondered, if I gave him some money, would it go on drugs and alcohol but to be honest he never did any of that, just smoked roll-ups. He never, ever asked for anything from me.”
Sleeping bags are considered to be ‘rubbish’ by some city councils, even though they are desperately needed by homeless people, especially through the winter.
Councillor Robert Lawton said:
“We are very saddened to hear of the death of this gentleman. To be clear, we can confirm that the Council did not remove his bedding and belongings and we have been attempting to engage with him for the last 10 years. The St Mungo’s rough sleeper outreach team had been offering support to him on a regular basis.”
“However, for whatever reason, he felt unable to take up any of this support and regretfully turned down ongoing offers of help for his health and accommodation. Various agencies, including health services, the rough sleeper team and social care nonetheless continued to encourage him to access help and worked hard to try and keep him as safe as possible in these very difficult circumstances. Our thoughts are with those affected by this very sad news.”