Windsor’s homeless offered beds on bus before Royal Wedding – but say NO as they want to cash in begging on big day

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HOMELESS people in Windsor were offered beds on a bus before the Royal Wedding but some refused as they want to cash in begging on the big day.

The Ark Project operates out of a bus with 10 beds and a kitchen, and moved in as efforts have been made to get the town ready for the wedding.

 The bus which has 10 beds on board and a kitchen for the homelessAlamy Live News The bus which has 10 beds on board and a kitchen for the homeless

But Michael Longsmith, a volunteer, said many had turned down the offer of a bed over fears they would lose money during the weekend where thousands will pour into Windsor.

Commenting on the homelessness situation in the Royal Borough, he said: "It's stayed exactly the same. Nobody's doing anything. They are still here.

"The police won't move them on because they know the press will be all over it, but the excuse they are using is that footfall is going to crush them.

"Our bus has 10 beds upstairs, so there's no reason for anyone to be sat out here. They can come on board, but a lot of them won't because they need to make money."

 A homeless person on the streets of Windsor as efforts have been made to offer beds before the Royal WeddingThe Mega Agency A homeless person on the streets of Windsor as efforts have been made to offer beds before the Royal Wedding  A volunteer for the homeless charity says some have refused beds as they want to make money over the weekendRex Features A volunteer for the homeless charity says some have refused beds as they want to make money over the weekend  The bus has space for 10 beds and has a kitchen so warm food can be preparedAlamy Live News The bus has space for 10 beds and has a kitchen so warm food can be prepared  A suggestion was made by a councillor that the homeless should be moved out of Windsor for the weddingThe Mega Agency A suggestion was made by a councillor that the homeless should be moved out of Windsor for the wedding

Wayne, who has been homeless on the streets of Windsor and Slough for 12 months, said no police had attempted to move him on in the build up to the wedding.

He said: "I might as well be invisible to be honest with you, not many people pay attention to you. I've had no help.

"If the police did try on move me on, I would obviously have to because I don't want to get arrested.

"I don't know if I'm allowed to stay here on Saturday or not. I haven't been told anything to suggest I can't."

Local Conservative council leader, Simon Dudley had said the homeless should be removed for the royal wedding.

There was some backlash for police this week as they were pictured removing homeless people's ahead of the big day.

The possessions have been taken away for safe keeping over security fears in case they are mistaken for suspicious packages.

Royal Photographer Arthur Edwards reveals why Harry's royal wedding will be very different to his brother's  People pictured waiting in their spots for the Royal Wedding in WindsorAP:Associated Press People pictured waiting in their spots for the Royal Wedding in Windsor  Eager royal fans wait for the big day when they will see the happy couple go byAP:Associated Press Eager royal fans wait for the big day when they will see the happy couple go by

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