Westminster council boards up area ‘to keep homeless people away’

Borough accused of pushing rough sleepers ‘out of sight and out of mind’

Westminster council has boarded up an area in the London borough to keep away rough sleepers, with campaigners warning that local authorities and police are pushing homeless people “out of sight and out of mind”.

Large white hoarding has appeared outside McDonald’s in Victoria Street, which homeless people and campaigners say is part of a wider effort to remove rough sleepers from the borough with the largest street population in England.

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