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Britain has no compassion: Anti-homeless slope put on Liverpool banks stairs.

An ‘anti-homeless’ slope has been placed on the steps of a historic Liverpool city centre building.
A man was filmed installing curved wood onto a frame on the stairs of the Bank of England on Castle Street while another man surveyed the project.

'Anti-homeless device' added to the steps of the Bank of England on Castle Street

These steps are often used by rough sleepers all year round and the new structure will prevent people from sitting or standing on them.

The Liverpool Echo reported that a picture of the device was posted on to the website Reddit and there were mixed views over the building’s new addition.

One Reddit user, named TemujiTengri, said: “While I agree that this is a heartless policy that goes no way towards caring for or helping the homeless, we shouldn’t passively encourage them to sleep rough either. The streets are dangerous at night, especially during winter.

“It’s why a lot of homeless people sleep during the day. We should all be supporting charities like The Whitechapel Centre and Shelter to direct the vulnerable to services that will support them. We should also be getting mad at local authorities who put up these things without adding any additional support to their yearly spend.”

But another, tom_robert_94 simply called it “disgusting”.

And sheoncewasadool said: “Oh yes, mustn’t see the unsightly faces of poverty when doing one's Christmas shopping. Never thought this would be in our city.”

Reddit user ravs1973 suggested: “A solution would be allowing such measures providing they pay a set fee to a homeless charity offsetting the loss of a bad place with a good one.”

This type of construction is also known as ‘hostile architecture’ with other examples including anti-homeless spikes - studs embedded onto flat surfaces to prevent rough sleeping - and placing bars down the centre of benches to stop people laying down on them.

The Bank of England building was at the centre of a controversial protest in the summer of 2015 when a group calling themselves “Love Activists” took over the vacant property to highlight the amount of rough sleepers in Liverpool.

Their aim was to turn the empty bank into a homeless shelter but the occupation on Castle Street came to an end after days of a tense stand-off with police when they stormed the building and made several arrests.

John Hall, 50; John Rice, 23; James Jones, 20; all of no fixed address were given 10 weeks behind bars at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court for trespass in September 2015 while James Allanson, 20, of Whetstone Lane in Birkenhead was sentenced to 13 week over an incident in Everton Park.

Chelsea Stafford, 19, was handed 10 weeks imprisonment but had her sentences overturned at an appeal hearing.

The estate agent for the building, Mason Owen, were approached for comment but said that they were unaware of the structure.


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