Judge us by our treatment of the vulnerable, said Cameron. We prosecute them

A homelessness charity has hit out at a decision to prosecute a man for sleeping rough in what is thought to be the first criminal prosecution of its kind in Doncaster.

Christopher Clinton Wilkinson – who was said to be sleeping in the woodland surrounding a hospital because it was the only place he felt safe – was hauled before Doncaster magistrates.

Representatives from Doncaster-based charity The M25 Housing and Support Group said using anti-social behaviour legislation to criminalise people sleeping rough was a ‘significant concern’.

Wilkinson, aged 40, was given an absolute discharge after pleading guilty to failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice on October 5 – but told the offence would stay on his record.

Specialist housing advisor Vince Bell of M25 said: “It is of significant concern that the police and local authority are using what can only be described as Dickensian measures to tackle rough sleeping in Doncaster.

“Using anti-social behaviour legislation to address issues such as rough sleeping is not going to help but will hinder their situation.

He added: “Considering the person in question suffered with mental health issues and was sleeping in the woods within the hospital grounds because it felt safe, then it would appear we have lost all sight of humanity and good sense.

“If you judge a society by the way it treats its most vulnerable then I believe we have failed in this instance.”

Source: Doncaster man prosecuted for sleeping rough – Doncaster Free Press

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5 thoughts on “Judge us by our treatment of the vulnerable, said Cameron. We prosecute them

  1. mohandeer

    So if you have been made homeless by the government – get yourself arrested, plead not guilty, get yourself imprisoned and you have a roof over your head and three meals a day plus T.V and no hassle with the DWP or Job Centre. I would advise the million homeless to do just that, after a while they will all find themselves in “good company” and have a better life. All EU immigrants should do the same if they cannot find work. The government, will of course have to build more prisons, but what else are they going to spend peoples taxes on eh? Who pays the court costs and for the prison service, well whoever it is I’m sure they would mind the added taxes that will have to be levied to pay for it all.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Trouble is, that plays right into the hands of these creatures. They’re already building bigger prisons and want more people to populate them. The only thing missing from your list of prison qualities is that these people won’t have their freedom, and will be left with a prison record after being returned to a society that will have become much harsher because people who could have done something to stop the Tories were all in prison.

  2. mrmarcpc

    They really don’t want to be judged by the way they’ve treated the vulnerable of our country because if they were, they’d be found guilty in a heartbeat!

  3. thermusbairgetinin

    Every decent “housed” citizen residing in the Doncaster area should grab a sleeping bag and sleep out with the homeless for just one night to show the “authorities” that this inhuman treatment is totally unacceptable. Lets take back OUR authority from these heartless b*****ds.

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