'Anti-homeless' spikes outside Southwark flats covered over

It's been reported spikes designed to deter rough sleepers have been covered over.

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Spikes removed after 120,000 signature petition

More than 120,000 people had signed a petition to get 'anti-homeless' metal spikes removed from outside a block of flats in Southwark. Bianca Todd of Left Unity, which has led opposition said it was a great victory:

_"Everyone who has campaigned on this issue has sent a message that anti-homeless spikes are not OK anywhere.

_"Homeless people need homes, not spikes. Any company putting in anti-homeless spikes in the future should know that they will make themselves a target for protest."

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Council 'pleased' spikes have been removed

The council has praised the decision to remove spikes designed to stop homeless people sleeping outside a block of flats in Southwark, saying 'people sleeping rough should be treated with dignity and respect, and not with spikes.'

"In Southwark, and across London, there are vulnerable people sleeping rough. As a council we are doing our part by working with St Mungo's and purchasing a third supported hostel to house single homeless people. The services are there, and the challenge is to help people who are sleeping rough to access them. While spikes may stop someone sleeping outside your home, it does not help someone off the streets – so I would urge people who see rough sleeping to get in touch with the many services out there to help."

– Councillor Peter John, Southwark Council Leader,

Campaigners: 'Homeless people are not pigeons'

Tesco had tried to distract from the issues here now they have been forced to back down. Thousands of people have made their feelings known online and this should be a message to any other company thinking of using anti-homeless spikes.

The campaign to remove all the anti-homeless spikes from everywhere they have been put in continues. We don't want to live in a society where public space is covered in spikes. Homeless people are not pigeons.

Instead of leaving people homeless they should be housed in one of the 700,000 homes currently lying empty in Britain. Homeless people need homes not spikes.

– Bianca Todd, 'Left Unity'


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Tesco to remove controversial 'anti-social' studs

Tesco is removing controversial "anti-social behaviour" studs from windows at its Regents St store. The company says the studs were "misinterpreted" as anti-homeless in the wake of the row over spikes outside flats in Southwark.

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The studs were covered in concrete by activists last night. The move comes ahead of a planned protest outside the Tesco Metro at 6pm.

Spikes are 'brutal way' to approach homelessness

Each year our teams, in Southwark and elsewhere, help thousands of people off the streets.

Part of their role is to prevent people adopting a street lifestyle which, on occasions, means adapting the physical environment to prevent people sleeping rough in a particular location on a regular basis.

These 'studs' appear a rather brutal way of doing just that.

However to undertake such measures without providing the necessary assistance to people who sleep rough is wrong - the aim is to help people move in, not just move on.

– St Mungo's, Homeless Charity
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