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Remembering the dead - reader response

May 18 2009
On the day of St Martin‘s remembrance service, Westminster officials moved homeless people from their sleeping places Dear Sir, On Thursday 8th November the annual memorial service was held at St Martin's-in-the-Fields to commemorate the homeless people who had died in the previous 12 months. I am informed that the deceased numbered 120. It's rather hypocritical, don't you think, that on the same day Westminster City Council officials attended that service, they also got the police to go along at 2am to move homeless people from their sleeping places? I'm speaking from personal experience. This sort of mentality from Westminster City Council, coupled with a potential soup run ban, can only increase the number of people dying on the streets from hypothermia and other related illnesses. While I'm sure that the council will argue that they would prefer to see all street homeless people accommodated, the fact remains that there will always be street people out there by choice, whose only crime is to be homeless. Name supplied By email