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Council get court order to move on rough sleeper

Newcastle Borough Council says it took the decision after the man refused help

A man sleeping rough on land in Newcastle has been forced to leave, after the Borough Council got a court order.

The authority says it was left with no other option but to take action regarding the land it owns at Thistleberry Parkway, after the man refused repeated offers of help.

It says several residents lodged complaints, but also expressed concern for his welfare.

A District Judge from Stoke-on-Trent County Court granted a possession order, and the man complied with the order and left the area immediately.

After moving him on, the council says it and partners are continuing to work together to try and engage with him to identify and provide support needed.

Cllr. Jill Waring, Cabinet member for community safety and well-being, said: “The Council and partner organisations have been working tirelessly for some time to engage with the person involved but unfortunately he has so far refused all forms of support offered to help him move on from sleeping rough.

“Entrenched rough sleeping can be rooted in very complex needs – cases like these often take a lot of time, and work, to resolve.

"While lots of help is available, it has to be welcomed by the person and not forced upon them.”

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