Circle of tents and a shopping trolley pop up on Northampton town centre site as rough sleepers take up residence

An encampment of rough sleepers has pitched up on the empty Rat Island site in Northampton town centre.

Wednesday, 11th April 2018, 4:07 pm
Updated Wednesday, 11th April 2018, 5:36 pm
The family-size tents have taken up residence on the empty Greyfriars site off Lady's Lane.

The circle of five tents and a shopping trolley has moved onto the empty site off Lady's Lane and appears to be occupied by a group of homeless sleepers.

The camp grew after the first tent was set up earlier last week and is now made up of a cluster of family size tents.

The borough council say they are aware of the group and are working with them

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The first tents were set up on the site last week, but the number has now grown to five.

Councillor Stephen Hibbert, cabinet member for housing, said “Our Street Outreach Team has visited the people sleeping in these tents and is currently trying to engage with them to discuss the help and support available to move into accommodation. The team will continue to visit and offer their support.”

The borough council established a night shelter for male rough sleepers in St Andrews Street last year.

The first tents were set up on the site last week, but the number has now grown to five.