Department store Selfridges has provoked outrage after it installed anti-homeless spikes outside its Manchester branch.
An online petition urging Selfridges to remove the “affront to humanity” has already attracted more than 4,000 signatures.
A spokesperson for the store was reported as saying that the spikes were put in place as part of a number of measures to reduce litter and smoking outside the store’s team entrance, following customer complaints.
However residents in the area have confirmed homeless people used to sleep in the very place where the spikes are now situated.
Director of policy and communications for Homeless Link, Jacqui McCluskey said “Many people who sleep rough just don’t know where to turn and are amongst the most vulnerable in our society. Sleeping on the streets is dangerous, bad for your health and individuals need support.
“This approach is not only inhumane, it does nothing to tackle the causes of rough sleeping and just moves the issue on for someone else to deal with.”
The Online petition: Remove the anti homeless spikes from the outside of your store, can be found HERE