Anti-Homeless Spikes Installed Outside London Apartment Building Spark Massive Outrage

Photos of metal spikes installed outside a posh apartment building in on Southwark Bridge Road, London, designed to keep homeless people from taking shelter there, have caused massive outrage after they went viral on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

The spikes are believed to have been installed last month by the building developer, and have been compared to the metal spikes used to keep birds from landing on certain buildings. They were placed in a sheltered alcove right next to the door, where homeless people were sometimes taking refuge from the rain. The building in question is located opposite a hostel for homeless people with mental problems.

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A resident of the apartment building, who chose to remain anonymous, told The Telegraph that “there was a homeless man asleep there about six weeks ago. ‘Then about two weeks ago all of a sudden studs were put up outside. I presume it is to deter homeless people from sleeping there.”

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Although there were some who tried to justify the developer’s actions, claiming that if it’s done on private property, people have a right to use deterrents, the majority of people who saw the photos, were outraged. Over 110,000 people have already signed a petition to have the spikes removed, and even London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, called the spikes “ugly, self-defeating and stupid”.

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Even more shocking is that this inhumane way of handling London’s homeless has been around for more than a decade. After the above story went viral in online media, people have begun reporting similar spikes on wide windowsills and ledges that have been there for years to keep the homeless from sleeping on them.

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Sources: RT, Mirror.co.uk


   

Feedback (2 Comments)

  • Tax Payer Posted on June 13, 2014

    It is easy to point fingers at the “rich” for being inhumane towards the homeless. But the “rich” work hard to avoid being homeless, they pay the high income and property taxes that feed the programs that help the homeless. The homeless, for whatever personal reasons drugs or mental illness, do not contribute to the system but take. That is understandable in a just society. So can’t the “rich” at least live in peace? Do they have to live with all of society’s problems in their day to day lives? The taxes pay for the health professionals that help the homeless. The homeless hanging outside your place of business drives customers away, businesses that pay taxes that help them. All those hypocrits that point fingers should open up their homes and adopt a homeless. And the mayor is just political grandstanding, let him invite the homeless to stay at his house. If the developers and businesses are forced to remove the spikes, then they should just burden the city by calling the police to move the homeless along eveveryday and every hour. Taxes pay for police services too

  • @Tax Payer Posted on June 23, 2014

    Hopefully you’ll end up on the street, one day, to understand that.