[Hpn] Gangs move in to prey on homeless in tent city in Edmonton, police say

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Tue, 17 Jul 2007 06:17:44 -0400


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Gangs move in to prey on homeless in tent city in Edmonton, police say
CanWest News Service
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2007
EDMONTON -- Police say gangs have moved into a tent city set up by the =
homeless in downtown Edmonton.

People have been camping out on a square of provincially owned land =
since campers were evicted from another city site last month.

Since that time, the number of tents set up has ballooned from 24 to 67.

three people sleeping in each tent, the population swells to about 200 =
each night.
"It's growing exponentially," said Insp. Brian Nowlan.

"And when you get people together like that, someone is going to try to =
exploit them."

Since police first noticed gang activity three weeks ago, they've =
investigated at least two stabbings and arrested several people, =
including one person charged with break-and-enter.

Officers seized knives, swords, baseball bats and batons and have =
evicted six alleged gang members.

Last weekend, police evicted a "brothel," Nowlan said, after several =
sex- trade workers set up a working tent.

Harry Baker has been living in the yard for six weeks, sharing a tent =
with his wife and working during the day for cash.

"(Police) aren't doing enough to get people out of here," he said, =
describing the drunken parties at 3 a.m.

Police walk through frequently and several security guards set up every =
evening, but that doesn't curb the drinking or gangs, Baker said.

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