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Sat Nov 11, 2017, 05:37 AM

Councils buying homeless one-way train tickets

A bit like fly-tipping, but with vulnerable people being dumped on others instead of refuse.


A number of councils in England are regularly buying one-way train tickets for homeless people out of their area, the Victoria Derbyshire show has found.

Some spent more than 1,000 a year on fares and charity Homeless Link called the scale "worrying".

In Bournemouth - which had 39 rough sleepers in 2016 - the council said it had arranged 144 reconnections in three-and-a-half years. One rough sleeper, Gareth Glendall-Pickton - who grew up in the seaside town - claimed he was recently offered a ticket to Manchester, where he did not know anyone and had never been to previously.

Claire Matthews, who runs the local soup kitchen Hope for Food, described the practice as "social cleansing, and an abdication of any responsibility on [the council's] part".

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