Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Henley homeless man refuses help

A HOMELESS man staying in Henley town centre has turned down all offers of help.

A HOMELESS man staying in Henley town centre has turned down all offers of help.

Police and South Oxfordshire District Council have both made approaches to the man who has been sleeping rough in shop doorways in Market Place.

Inspector Mark Harling, head of Henley police, told a town council meeting: “When we have somebody who is potentially vulnerable there is a process we need to follow.

“The district council has made an effort in order to assist him and every possible option has been explored.”

Town manager Helen Barnett said: “We’ve all had chats with him — there has been a lot of intervention.”

She said the man could have turned down help because he wanted to stay.

“Part of the problem is that people in Henley are very generous but staying where he is is getting him the wrong type of help,” she said.

Insp Harling confirmed that police were aware of a second man seen with him who is also believed to be homeless.

Councillor Lorraine Hillier said she was concerned the other man could be a danger to him.



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