Posh London apartment complex puts up metal spikes to deter homeless
Seventeen-inch studs appear outside luxury flats to stop homeless people from sleeping there. Critics say it likens the destitute to pigeons.
Metal rods have popped up at an expensive London apartment complex, apparently to keep away those who have no homes.
A man had recently been found sleeping near the lobby doors. About two weeks ago the spikes went up, a resident told Britain’s Telegraph.
Photographs of the offending protrusions were posted on the Ethical Pioneer Twitter page and the “anti-homeless” devices quickly sparked online outrage. (See Article).
Sleeping rough has increased 75 percent in the British capital in the past three years, according to Crisis, an advocacy group.
“We will never tackle rough sleeping with studs in the pavement,” policy director Katharine Sacks-Jones wrote on the group’s website Saturday.
Twitter user Alice Dubiel wrote “How we fail to comfort and care for most vulnerable in our society reveals our barbarism.
Others on social media had no problem with the spikes.
“I live in an area where there are drunks/junkies sleeping rough. I feel sorry for them but don’t want them in my doorstep,” a woman with the Twitter handle Lady Andrea wrote Saturday.
The deterrents have been used for more than a decade on London underpasses, doorways and ledges.