Threat of violence closes rough sleeping service
A London homelessness charity has been forced to close early and abandon its late night rough sleeping rescue service as the city braces for another night of violence.
Thames Reach is instead dispatching its night rescue team during the day to pinpoint and help rough sleepers.
Chief executive Jeremy Swain said the charity had also been forced to shut several of its offices early, many of which are located in riot hot spots.
‘By the very nature of what we do - working with the homeless - it is very likely our services are based in the most deprived boroughs. At this very moment [2.30pm] , we are closing our services in those boroughs. We have services in Mare Street [Hackney] and a floating support service in Hackney. Offices in Denmark Hill and Croydon closed because it getting too hot.’
The night rescue service had shifted to work during the day to ensure staff could stay safe, Mr Swain, added. ‘It is very difficult to get around London at that time of night at the moment. It is hard to get around London and there are issues around staff safety - there is a risk they will get caught up in it.’