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Spikes replaced by sprinklers

April 8th 2015

First there were spikes, now it’s sprinklers. Homeless people in San Francisco have been getting a wet welcome from St Mary’s cathedral, which installed sprinklers to deter rough sleepers.

A spokesperson from the church said the aim had been to “encourage them to relocate to other areas of the cathedral, which are protected and safer”.

But local station KCBS Radio found that homeless people and their belongings were being regularly soaked by the system, which automatically sprayed water at regular intervals throughout the night.

The church has now removed the sprinklers, which had been in place for several years.


April 2015



Upfront: Sanctions

General election special

Children ‘rough sleeping’

The homeless way is Essex

Superhero helps rough sleepers

Stereotypes sell for funders

Marching to make a difference

Stop and search power abuse

Spikes replaced by sprinklers

Austerity? Greeks think again

Advice: rough sleeping


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