Calls for homeless to be 'cleared' from streets before royal wedding

Sarah Carty

A council boss has written to the police asking them to do something about the homeless on the streets of Windsor before the royal wedding.

Simon Dudley, from the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, claims the amount of people sleeping rough on the streets paints the town in an “unfavourable light”.

In a letter, which has been seen by both The Guardian and The Sun, Mr Dudley writes to Thames Valley policing boss Anthony Stansfeld asking him to address the homeless issue before tourists flock to the area.

A council boss has called for the police to clear the street of homeless people before the royal wedding. Photo: Getty Images
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will wed at Windsor Castle on May 19. Photo: Getty Images

“"There is a growing concern amongst residents, businesses and visitors regarding the number of people occupying the streets of Windsor, who are begging during the day and in some cases taking occupancy throughout the night,” the letter said, according to The Sun.

"The level of tourist interest is set to multiply with the Royal Wedding in May 2018, and there are increased concerns from our residents about their safety.

"The whole situation also presents a beautiful town in a sadly unfavourable light."

Simon Dudley, from the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, claims the amount of people sleeping rough on the streets paints the town in an “unfavourable light”. Photo: Twitter

The wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is set to take place at Windsor Castle on May 19th.

During his Christmas break, Mr Dudley claimed over Twitter that he was about to send the letter to the police to bring the issue to light.

“Sadly there is an epidemic of rough sleeping and vagrancy in #Windsor” he wrote.

“I will be writing to @StansfeldPCC copying @TVP_Chief @Bhupinderrai70 at @ThamesVP @TVP_Windsor asking for them to focus on dealing with this before the #RoyalWedding.”

Thousands are people are expected to make their way to the castle on May 19 to watch as Meghan and Harry tie the knot in a lavish ceremony. Photo: Getty Images

He then went on to say that the whole community would like the homeless epidemic fixed and are “frustrated with inaction”.

Thousands are people are expected to make their way to the castle on May 19 to watch as Meghan and Harry tie the knot in a lavish ceremony.

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