Tesco scraps 'anti-homeless spikes' ahead of protest

Tesco is to remove an area of spikes from outside one of its stores after activists claimed they were "anti-homeless".
Tesco is to remove an area of spikes from outside one of its stores after activists claimed they were "anti-homeless". Credit: PA

Tesco is to remove an area of spikes from outside its store on Regent Street, central London, after activists claimed they were "anti-homeless".

The supermarket said the "studs" on a ledge outside the Metro convenience store were installed to deter anti-social behaviour like smoking and drinking, which intimidated their customers.

But with a protest, organised by Left Unity, set to take place outside the store tonight, Tesco said it would remove them to address concerns of those who "interpreted them as an anti-homeless measure".

"We don't want to live in a society where public space is covered in spikes. Homeless people are not pigeons," Left Unity spokeswoman Bianca Todd said.

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