More than 19,000 people have signed a petition to remove 'anti-homeless' bars from benches in Bournemouth town centre.
It comes as MP for Bournemouth East Tobias Ellwood slept rough on Saturday night to raise awareness of homelessness.
It was part of a wider event taking place in eight towns and cities across the UK.
The bars were installed by Bournemouth Borough Council at a cost of £3,650.
It follows 'multiple complaints' by residents, visitors and businesses.
The Council says the complaints related to the benches being unavailable to members of the public throughout the day.
It comes after rapper Professor Green filmed his friend removing the 'anti-homeless' bars and posted the footage online last week.
The bars have since been re-installed.
Credit: Professor Green TV
Read the full statement from Bournemouth Borough Council relating to this story here