These were the unusual scenes in York on Thursday evening (July 16) as protesters decided to take to the streets – literally.
Climbing into sleeping bags and under blankets, campaigners lay down in St Helen’s Square to show their solidarity with those who have to sleep on the streets.
It was a highly visible form of protest against the ‘anti-homeless’ bars added to York benches by City of York Council, first revealed by YorkMix.
The organisers said:
The low-level demo came before campaigners officially handed over a petition demanding the removal of the bench bars, which the council says are needed to counter anti-social behaviour.
With more than 5,400 signatures, they believe it is the largest petition ever handed in to the authority.
It was delivered at the full meeting of the council in York’s Guildhall.
Richard Bridge, who started the petition, thanked everyone who took part in the protest.