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Poncho's back

May 25th 2009
Dear Editor,

Operation Poncho is back! Please find enclosed my last two pink slips [form 386 given out as stop/search record]. At the moment, it is only once a week in my street, just off Fleet Street, but it can only get worse. It is just the same as last time, with City of London Police and a Corporation of London water bowser, but no one from the Broadway City outreach team. They must all be tucked up in their nice little beds at 1.20am on a Saturday morning.

God save the City of London rough sleeper community from the inhumane harassment they are once more getting from the City of London Corporation and police and the so-called homeless charity Broadway. I, for one, will not be hounded off the streets of the City of London into some hell of a hostel run by the homeless industry - not after my last experience.

Peter Full
name provided, by post

Dear Peter,

Thank you for your letter and we're still following the story. As we go to press, talks are taking place around what's going on in the City - see story on page 13.

The BBC has called the office, so there'll be more coverage on television, which we'll link to from our website. Hopefully, the more exposure the policy receives, the more likely it is that it will be reassessed. The fact that you and many other readers are receiving so many pink slips means we'll be looking at this as its own story in the next two months. We'll get the legal position on the number some receive and when that suggests harassment.

Watch this space, and thank you again for your letter.


April 2009



Why don’t they leave?

Poncho's back

Building a bicycle club

Booze to the door

Rough sleeper


Discussion on move-ons

A new Scottish alliance

Murder rumour unfounded

US white-collar homeless

A strange invitation

Your own budget

Croydon hut eviction

Riverside rent rise

Tent City to be shut down

A plea to Obama

Why referrals stopped

Shelter from the Storm

Street Shield 4: The Villains!

Glasgow residents complain

Edinburgh charities compete for funds

Kids out

Section 11

One Life, coming soon to cinemas

30,000 Scots now homeless


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