Anti-homeless spikes removed

Fri 13 Jun 2014
By Sarah McAllister

Studs placed on a pavement outside a block of flats in London to stop homeless people sleeping there have been removed.

They appeared a few weeks ago after residents at the homes on Southwark Bridge Road reported someone sleeping rough there.

A picture of the spikes was then posted on social media.

Since then more than 120,000 people signed a petition to have them removed.

Andrew Horton was the man who tweeted the image.

He told Premier's News Hour he's delighted his campaign worked.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, also supported the protest to have them removed.

Days after they were spotted he tweeted: "Spikes outside Southwark housing development to deter rough sleeping are ugly, self-defeating & stupid. Developer should remove them ASAP."

After they were removed he put on Twitter he was pleased the "terrible spikes" were gone.

Southwark Council also said they were "pleased" but the management at the flats hasn't commented.

Meanwhile Tesco has also agreed to remove anti homeless studs from outside one of its stores.

Managers at the shop on Regent Street insisted they were there to prevent anti-social behaviour but have decided to get rid because they had "caused concern for some".

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