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We need help! - Discovery Bay residents want 'dangerous' homeless men removed from Main Street

Published:Sunday | December 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer
One of the men who occupy the open lot beside the Discovery Bay Branch Library.
A homeless man who occupies the open lot beside the Discovery Bay Branch Library.

Several community groups in Discovery Bay, St Ann, are expressing concern over two men who have occupied an open lot next to the library along Main Street in that town, over an extended period.

Frustrated residents have told The Gleaner that for both humane and security reasons, residents are insisting that the authorities act expeditiously to remove the homeless men.

They say the men continuously light fires at the location, forcing residents to summon the fire brigade.

The situation is now a direct threat to public health, sanitation and security, one man has claimed.

Despite this situation and letters sent to the Poor Relief Department, the St Ann Municipal Corporation and the police have done nothing to date.

"We are convinced that one, if not both, is a mental case and needs to be recommended to the mental asylum by the health officers and not to the infirmary," one resident reported.

"The men have unwittingly converted the public spot into a cesspool of garbage and uncleanliness that pose a danger to public health. There is also a security concern as well, as children and the elderly are afraid to walk past them after dark. My own helper was stoned by one of them last week," he added.

"It's a deplorable, inhumane, sad state of affairs and residents are fuming. We need help."