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Homeless campaigners served eviction notices at Leeds protest camp

Campaigners who set up a protest camp in Leeds City Centre to call for more support for the city’s homeless people have been served eviction notices.

It comes after Leeds Homeless Action Group along with two other charities put up tents five days ago outside the city’s art gallery at the spot where the homecoming parade for the Olympic athletes will begin on Wednesday.

45 people are currently living there in a bid to get their message out about the lack of help and housing for vulnerable people.

Neil Evans, director of environment and housing at Leeds City Council said the council was not complacent about the problem.

“We are disappointed in the protest. We have done a lot to try to engage people in the city who are sleeping rough and begging. The group is not engaging with our work.” He added.

Hayden Lee from Leeds Homeless Partnership said the camp was set up to help the most vulnerable people in society, some of whom have been harassed and assaulted.

The protestors will have to vacate the site by 9am Wednesday September 27.

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