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PM raps council boss who wants rough sleepers removed before royal wedding

Vulnerable: A homeless man sleeps on cardboard in Windsor PICTURES: REX

THERESA MAY has slapped down a Tory council leader who demanded homeless people be taken off the streets before the royal wedding.

The prime minister said she disagreed with Simon Dudley after he urged police to clear rough sleepers from Windsor, where Prince Harry will marry actress Meghan Markle.

Under fire: Council boss Simon Dudley PICTURE: PA

He complained their presence could paint the town in a ‘sadly unfavourable light’ on the day of the May wedding.

Asked about the comments on a visit to a hospital in Surrey yesterday, Mrs May said: ‘I think it is important that councils work hard to ensure they are providing accommodation for people who are homeless.’

Mrs May — whose Maidenhead constituency is in the same council area as Windsor — added: ‘Where there are issues of people who are aggressively begging on the streets then it’s important councils work with the police to deal with that.’

In the shadow of the castle: A rough sleeper tries to keep warm in a bus shelter

Mr Dudley caused uproar earlier this week when he alleged some homeless people had forced tourists to withdraw cash from the bank and hand it over.

He also tweeted that begging was a ‘life choice’ and demanded police ‘focus on dealing with this before the royal wedding’.

Royal attraction: Bedding down on the street outside the Duchess of Cambridge pub

In reply, Windsor Police tweeted: ‘Housing is the responsibility of the council but it is better agencies work together so people don’t become homeless.’

They said they dealt with allegations of begging ‘proportionately’ and had received no reports of people being ‘marched to cashpoints to take out money’.

Murphy James, of Windsor Homeless Project, called Mr Dudley’s remarks ‘sickening’ and abhorrent’.

‘I went out on Christmas Day and there were 12 people laid out on Windsor High Street. They were not there by choice,’ he said.