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Neighborhood Puts In Metal Spikes To Keep Homeless People Out

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Metal spikes have been installed on the ground outside some pricey London condominiums to keep homeless people from sleeping near the doorways.

Some users on Twitter have posted pictures of the inch-long metal spikes and say they are similar to metal studs that are used to keep pigeons away.

The condos, which sell for about $1 million, had the metal spikes installed outside about two weeks ago after some homeless people were seen sleeping near the front doors.

“There was a homeless man asleep there about six weeks ago," a female resident, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Telegraph. "Then about two weeks ago all of a sudden studs were put up outside. I presume it is to deter homeless people from sleeping there."

"It's because of the homeless," added a couple, who also asked to remain anonymous. "The spikes have only been there very recently, less than a month."

According to The Guardian, the number of homeless people sleeping on London streets has increased by 75 percent over the past three years. There are about 6,400 people currently sleeping outside.

"It is a scandal that anyone should sleep on the streets in 21st century Britain," Katharine Sacks-Jones, of the homelessness organization Crisis, told The Telegraph. "Yet over the last three years rough sleeping has risen steeply across the country and by a massive 75 percent in London.

"Behind these numbers are real people struggling with a lack of housing, cuts to benefits and cuts to homelessness services to help them rebuild their lives," added Sacks-Jones.

These types of spikes have also been used in other countries, such as China, to keep the homeless out, notes MikeAshworth.co.uk.

Sources: The Telegraph, The Guardian, MikeAshworth.co.uk

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