Council To Remove Anti-Homeless Bars After Successful Campaign
Bournemouth Council came under fire recently for installing anti-homeless bars on benches, which would prevent rough sleepers from being able to sleep on them.
Charities and local campaigners criticised the harsh intervention, deeming the move 'hostile' and 'inhumane', before rapper Professor Green also stepped in to condemn what had happened with a novel solution.
Following their intervention, Green uploaded a video to Instagram saying: "Bournemouth, we hope we've helped you realise the full potential of your benches at a cost of £18.50, they can become something that provides shelter for people who don't otherwise have it.
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"Why don't you think of solutions for homelessness instead of solutions for pushing them further out and hiding the problem, you arseholes," he said.
A spokesperson for the council told the BBC: "We're disappointed that musician Professor Green declined to meet our Housing Services Team whilst on his visit to Bournemouth today.
"We would have welcomed the opportunity to speak to him about the multi-agency work that goes on to prevent homelessness, and the support we provide to rough sleepers."
Professor Green then released another video saying he had no obligation to meet with the council.
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