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Coastal towns' plan to fine homeless voted down

A proposal that could have seen homeless people fined for sleeping in doorways in three coastal towns has been rejected.

Councillors had argued the measure was needed in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) under a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).

But BCP Council's cabinet voted to stop it from going to public consultation.

Council leader Vikki Slade said they wanted to treat people "as humans" and "not vermin".

BCP council officers had recommended the PSPO to go out to public consultation to restrict drinking alcohol in public in an anti-social manner, possession, supply or use of drugs and behaviour causing harassment, alarm or distress.

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