Brighton homeless bus to visit Royal Wedding

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to marry this Saturday in Windsor, a town on the River Thames to the west of London. So if you're thinking of flying a little something overhead to get a glimpse of the happy couple plus their guests and well-wishers, you'll have the Thames Valley Police to answer to.

The leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead provoked an outcry in January when he tweeted about "an epidemic of rough sleeping and vagrancy in Windsor".

"They are a nuisance and intrusive and Thames Valley Police are asking the local people to report a drone if it is in the air or if they see somebody preparing to take one off".

His comments were criticised by Theresa May and homeless charities, and a petition opposing the letter and the proposal to clear the streets was signed by over 100,000 people.

The Windsor homeless population controversy comes amid a rapid rise in homelessness in the U.K. The number of people living on the streets has increased by 134% since the Conservative Party came to power in 2010, according to the National Audit Office. Opposition politicians have laid the blame on severe cuts to public spending.

"Anybody facing homelessness is encouraged to contact the council to discuss what options are open to them". "And the more people coming to Slough the more pressure on Slough Homeless Our Concern as the only full-time homeless shelter in the area". But we help other countries when there's enough British people who need help'.

People from all over the world are in town for the big wedding day.

Lawson Mountstevens, Managing Director of Star Pubs & Bar, who run 2,900 venues nationally, said: "Pubs have always held pride of place for national celebrations like royal weddings and great sporting events for Brits". Anyone with large items that are deemed to be a security risk are likely to have those items removed'.

A bus converted into a homeless shelter will be driving from Brighton to Windsor this weekend to help rough sleepers wanting to avoid the royal wedding.

Olivia Knight, founder of Patchwork, said the project had received a "lovely response". We've taken this really literally.

Visitors planning to line The Long Walk and Windsor High Street will be serenaded on Saturday, May 19 from approximately 9am-noon and after the Royal Procession from 2pm.

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