Metal studs installed to stop homeless people from sleeping outside private flats in London have been described as “brutal” by a homelessness charity.
Residents at the block on Southwark Bridge Road said they appeared a few weeks ago after someone had been sleeping rough there.
In reaction, Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of St Mungo’s Broadway, said: “Each year our teams, in Southwark and elsewhere, help thousands of people off the streets.
“Part of their role is to prevent people adopting a street lifestyle which, on occasions, means adapting the physical environment to prevent people sleeping rough in a particular location on a regular basis. These ‘studs’ appear a rather brutal way of doing just that.”