Police plan cleanup of vagrants, tent city on Fredericton waterfront

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FREDERICTON - A committee of concerned officials are meeting twice weekly to discuss ways to deal with drug addicts, homeless people and tent dwellers who are inhabiting the Fredericton riverbank.
The problem area is behind the Delta Fredericton Hotel and Government House.
Human excrement, broken glass, feminine hygiene products, evidence of cooking fires and discarded, contaminated drug needles are littered throughout the area, and police say they pose risks to public safety.
Police Chief Barry McKnight says there's numerous property owners touched by the problem, and there is particular concern about the discarded needles.
He says there's a mixed group of homeless people, addicts and people with mental health issues who are known to start parties late at night.
The police chief says the department is "working on different solutions in moving people out of there."
"The police presence down there is highly visible and very frequent and it will continue to be," he said.
The chief said police are looking to find people a "more sustainable situation" and "keep the wolves away from them, those people that are taking advantage of them."
The tent city population fluctuates from two to four to a dozen depending on the weather, the day and the time.

Organizations: Delta Fredericton Hotel and Government House

Geographic location: Fredericton

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