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Springfield continues to knock down river front encampments

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The city continues to remove tent cities from the river front in an effort to keep Springfield clean.

The tents, though, are home to many people who are now looking for a new place to go.

Tyrone Mosley, who says he’s been homeless for two years, has been living on and off the river front until this morning, when the city’s ordinance unit removed his encampment, hidden behind the brush and trees on the bike path.

“It is unsanitary,” Sgt. John Delaney, of the Springfield Police Department, said. “It’s illegal. The officers do it with discretion. We offer the people help that are there.”

The city, with help from the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, removed two encampments on Thursday.

One tent was located near a wall that’s recently been vandalized. Another tent was filled with trash and had an open fire burning.

"This riverfront and bike way is absolutely beautiful,” Sgt. Delaney said “There is no better view in Springfield. We want to make sure people can come down here with their families. This is why we do what we do."

Tents tend to pop up more frequently in the warmer months in Springfield. The city is doing what they can to keep the homeless off public property and out of parks.

The Friends of the Homeless shelter accepts anyone as long as they are working toward finding housing and a job and abide by the shelter’s rules.

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