Within days of the cops announcing in November that they had gained more funding to create jobs within STREETWISE, the council and cops’ joint anti-begging initiative for Broadmead, undercover cops had taken to the streets.
One service user told a voluntary support group that two undercover plain clothes officers approached him and asked him to leave Broadmead IMMEDIATELY and said that if by the time they were back out in uniform he was still in the centre he could get ARRESTED. He was also told they want to try to stop voluntary outreach groups supporting the homeless.
Happy New Year!
We’re calling beggars “service users” now? I must have missed the memo.
No memo required Sue. They were using the service of a voluntary outreach group. Sorry we’re not dehumanising the poor enough for your well-heeled taste.