Homeless camps causing concern along shoreline

NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH)– Homeless camps along the river are causing concern on the shoreline.

You can understand why someone would like the location. It’s on the river, it’s isolated, but is it legal?

The latest complaints focus on a tarped tent along the Shetucket River. News 8 made our way up to it and spoke with the man who lives there.

“People using the river sometimes complain about the camps. Well you know what I understand that but I’ve been here since September and I’ve seen people walk up and down the river and I’ve spoken with them and none of them seem to have a problem with it,” said the man.

The camp is on the Lisbon side of the river because the man, who didn’t want to be identified, says if he was in Norwich it would have been torn down already.

Homeless tent

When asked if he has to find a place where he’d have the property owner’s permission, would that help him, the man said, “well in Norwich you can’t do that unfortunately.”

Norwich police get a number of complaints from folks who fish, kayak, and walk along the river where these make shift tents are often pitched.

“One of them the people were bothering them, then the other person just thought it was unsightly and wanted to bring it to our attention,” said Sgt. Peter Camp, Norwich Police.

“There’s no trash here. I take out every week just like anyone else,” said the man.

Right now there are no tents set up on the Norwich side.

“They should have a tent city. They should have something where they can go,” said Marcy White, Norwich.

Police say there are services for homeless in the city so they don’t need to set up camp on other people’s property.

“Some of them are quite well built but the fact is if they don’t have the permission of the private owner or they’re on city land and we have a complaint, we have to do something and they’re torn down,” said Camp.

He says now that people know where he is, he’s going to leave there. He’s moving.

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