Homeless Party calls for support

By Liam Smalley

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A small group of protesters set up camp over the Christmas period in Leicester’s Jubilee Square to raise awareness of rough sleepers dying across the UK.

The self titled ‘Homeless Party’ pitched three tents outside BBC Radio Leicester’s office to create a ‘safe space’ for the homeless of the city.

James Mclean, 38, leader of the protest, said: “People blame the homeless for their problems, but the support services just aren’t there.”

Mr Mclean also said that the protest was to be a peaceful one, and that anybody attempting to cause trouble would be asked to leave.

He said the protest comes off the back of what he claimed has been an increase in the amount of deaths within the homeless community in the UK.

Another member of the group, Gary Clarke, said: “ The council are doing nothing to help us.

“James will give the homeless a spare tent if they have it, it is a safe space for those who have nowhere else to go.”

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The party has been camped in Jubilee Square for the best part of two months.

Mr Mclean said: “We have achieved a hell of a lot more than we wanted.”

He hoped that the issues surrounding homeless people can be resolved, and asked for patience from the public and from local authorities.

“Not everyone wants help, at least not straightaway for more reasons than one, for some it’s a matter of pride,” he said.

 

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