A web post by a real estate agent that appears to shed light on a homeless man killed by a fire on a barge in Battersea has been called “incredibly dark” by an advisor in the area.
Wandsworth Councilor Aydin Dikerdem was researching the development of Plantation Wharf in West London, which horrified Londoners because it had buildings named after the transatlantic slave trade , when he discovered an article of agents Eden harper on the diet.
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“Some residents remember Battersea waterfront in a much different light, of course,” read the post from the independent Brixton and Battersea real estate agent.
“Before development took hold, it is said, there was a harmless fellow with abnormal habits nearby who had taken up residence on what lived on a dilapidated barge.
“The story goes that one night, along with plans for gentrification, a mysterious fire destroyed the horrific vessel and the eccentric inhabitant never heard from or seen again.”
Dikerdem told MyLondon he couldn’t believe anyone would brazenly discuss a horrific death in this way.
“[It’s] sort of make a joke about a possible homicide in order to gentrify the riverside, ”he said.
“It’s just part of how we sort of trivialize the nature of what has happened historically.”
Wandsworth’s adviser added that the casual tone of the post was one of the most shocking aspects.
“They just say in such a way that they don’t recognize what they’re talking about [after that] they just jumped on the celebrities a bit, ”Dikerdem said.
Research by the charity Crisis found that people sleeping rough are almost 17 times more likely to have been abused and 15 times more likely to have been verbally abused in the past. past year compared to the general public.
Speaking on the issue at MyLondon, the charity’s policy and external affairs director at Crisis, Matt Downie, said: “We know that homeless people, especially those who sleep rough, can often face dangerous situations in the course of their daily lives. day life.
“It’s incredibly serious and can often lead to injury and in the worst case even death. The brutalities of homelessness are real, unacceptable and should not be taken lightly. “
Eden Harper has been contacted for comment.
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