Watch as council brings in digger to remove homeless tent from Wolstanton Marsh

Council bosses brought in a digger to remove a tent used by a homeless couple and dump it in a truck – after finding ‘human faeces’ inside. Staffordshire Police were also in attendance during yesterday morning’s operation to remove the tent from Wolstanton Marsh. It had been pitched on the Marsh for around a week and had divided the opinions of local residents.

Now Newcastle Borough Council has defended its actions. It says the couple have been found alternative accommodation. StokeonTrentLive captured the moment the tent was removed.

A number of council staff in white suits took part in the clean-up operation.

Newcastle Borough Council bring in a digger to remove a homeless tent from Wolstanton Marsh

Councillor Helena Maxfield, cabinet member for community safety and wellbeing, said: “We’ve been working really hard with our partners to provide the best help and support to the rough sleepers who were occupying the tent at Wolstanton Marsh. “Throughout the week our team has been working with these individuals to arrange the right housing solution and the couple have moved into appropriate supported accommodation where they are receiving support and care from the relevant services. “The approach to clearing the tent away from Wolstanton Marsh may seem quite industrial, but when arranging the removal of the tent it became clear that it contained human faeces and other potentially hazardous items.

“The removal by the council’s streetscene team was arranged to ensure staff were protected from the risks associated with the tent.

Watch as council brings in digger to remove homeless tent from Wolstanton MarshNewcastle Borough Council bring in a digger to remove a homeless tent from Wolstanton Marsh

“The council is committed to supporting homeless and vulnerable people and ensuring that appropriate accommodation is made available.” StokeonTrentLive has approached Staffordshire Police for a comment regarding their involvement in yesterday’s operation. Anyone with any concerns about rough sleepers in Newcastle borough should call the Brighter Futures rough sleeper team on 0800 9702304.

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