Police clear sleeping bags of homeless in Windsor for Royal wedding

Police clear sleeping bags of homeless in Windsor for Royal wedding

Police have been seen clearing away sleeping bags and other possessions belonging to homeless people ahead of the Royal wedding in a video obtained by MailOnline.

The entire areas around Windsor castle is being placed on lock-down as anti-terror bollards are erected and a heavy police presence moves in, ready for Saturday’s nuptials between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

Ahead of a dress rehearsal on Thursday the Berkshire town is being swept for safety risks.

However, while measures were taken to improve security, officers also moved rough sleepers. 

The video clip shows officers asking two homeless men, who had pitched up outside a Barclay’s Bank opposite Windsor Castle, to pack up their items in see-through bags which are later sealed and taken away in a police van.

They were told the bags, which were filled with bedding, books and magazines, will be kept in storage until Monday.

A woman clutching a blue sleeping bag is seen talking to police at first before she quickly moves on clutching her possessions. 

Police said today they were offering the homeless an opportunity to store their belongings until after the big day. 

Police clear away sleeping bags and other possessions belonging to homeless people ahead of the Royal wedding in a video obtained by MailOnline

The officers ask two homeless men, who had pitched up on Tuesday afternoon outside a Barclay’s Bank opposite Windsor Castle, to pack up their items in see-through bags

Thames Valley Police say the move is for security reasons and to avoid any obstructions on Windsor’s tightly-packed pavements come Saturday when up to 100,000 people are expected to cram into the Berkshire town for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Local council leader Simon Dudley sparked outrage last year when he called for homeless and beggars to be cleared out of Windsor in time for the ceremony – which takes place on Saturday afternoon – in case they painted the town in a ‘sadly unfavourable light’.

In the video, one of the homeless men who was made to pack away his possessions says: ‘There was big speak on the TV about the homeless being helped but when they said helped they meant removed.

‘I understand that there isn’t the resources but Children In Need and Red

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