Spikes, railings and water are weapons of ‘dehumanising’ campaign against homeless

By Tracy McVeigh

Charity says that rough sleepers are victims of ‘defensive architecture' built to stop them resting outdoors

A campaign against homeless people is being waged in Britain's cities, according to a new survey that claims “street cleansing” tactics are being employed by planners, businesses and security companies to stop people resting or sleeping outdoors.

Interviewed by the national homelessness charity Crisis, rough sleepers reported being hosed with water by security guards to make them move on, and an increase in the use of other “deterrent” measures.

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