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UK Ponders What to Do with Homeless Ahead of Royal Wedding


A sleeping bag and possessions of a homeless person are seen in a bus shelter opposite Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, Jan. 4, 2018.

A political storm is brewing ahead of Prince Harry's and Meghan Markle's May 19 wedding over whether to crack down on homeless people and beggars in the well-to-do English town of Windsor.

Homeless charities are reacting angrily to borough councilor Simon Dudley's call for police to clear the streets so the town makes a favorable impression on visitors drawn to see what they can of the royal nuptials.

They reject his assertion that the homeless in Windsor are living on the streets by choice, a view expressed in a letter Dudley sent to police and to Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May. Greg Beales, a spokesman for Shelter, says Thursday that punishing the homeless is "totally counter-productive."

Dudley says beggars and homeless people are creating a "hostile atmosphere" in Windsor.

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