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Firefighters called to tent fire in Doust Way, Rochester

Firefighters tackled a blaze at a homeless camp last night.

A crew was called to Doust Way, Rochester, at 10pm.

The tent was destroyed in the blaze, but no one is thought to have been injured.

Two tents were destroyed atGads Hill, Gillingham, on August 1
Two tents were destroyed atGads Hill, Gillingham, on August 1

On August 1, three homeless people had their tents and personal belongings destroyed in an arson attack in Gillingham.

Two tents in Gads Hill were burnt to the ground and the remaining were slashed and destroyed.

Neil Charlick, of Medway Street Angels, said this is not unusual, and there are an increasing number of attacks on the homeless.

He said: “They’ve all had to move because they’re too scared of people going to do stuff to them.

“Luckily no one was there but we are finding more attacks against people and their property.

The damage caused by the blaze on August 1
The damage caused by the blaze on August 1

“If they stay in the doorways in the high street they get people urinating on them and throwing stuff at them.

“We take them off the beaten track and people still come and find them and do this.”

The Angels help the homeless by providing support and giving them essentials including food and bedding.

They have replaced the things destroyed in the fire and are appealing for help to replenish their supplies.


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