I was totally disgusted when I read in this week’s Ilford Recorder that in co-ordinated action the police in the Borough of Ilford had: “swooped on the homeless, grabbing sleeping bags and food parcels donated by the public”. These homeless people lost what little they had by this cruel and unnecessary act by the police. Read the full report here.
The items, sleeping bags and food, were bundled into a police car and the homeless were not allowed to keep food that had been donated by the public and distributed through the Salvation Army unless they could grab some of it before it was taken away.
I have several questions that need urgent answering:
1. By what authority are items donated by the public for these people taken by the police. Do we really want to see the homeless in Ilford starve?
2. Why was such action needed and who authorised it.