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Homeless fenced off

February 05 2017
A 10ft barrier erected in bid to stop homeless people sleeping there

A 10ft wooden barrier has been put up outside a former branch of BHS in an apparent bid to stop homeless people sleeping there.

The wall was constructed in the doorway outside the shop on South Street in Exeter, Devon, the Metro reported in January. Workers at the site said it was to stop rough sleepers who had started gathering there since the chain’s collapse in August last year.

It is understood that Duff and Phelps, administrators for BHS, employed a firm from Dartford in Kent to travel nearly 200 miles to the city to erect a wall under instruction from the local authority. Shortly before the barrier was built, the rough sleepers were removed from the building.

A spokesman for Exeter City Council said it was done in response to complaints about anti-social behaviour.