'Anti-homeless' slope installed outside a building in Liverpool has been removed

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Footage appeared last week of a slope - which people are calling an "anti-homeless device" - being installed on the steps of a building in Liverpool.

The metal construction meant homeless people were unable to sit, stand or lie down on the steps

The now-empty Bank of England building, in the city centre, is a regular spot for people sleeping rough.

But according to the Echo, the slope has now been removed, which some people on Twitter seem happy to see.

The historic Bank of England building, which is privately owned, was occupied last year by activists who wanted it to be used as a homeless shelter.

It's not yet known who is responsible for destroying the slope on Sunday evening.

We understand the council has had nothing to do with the installation or the removal of the ramp and that the people who were sleeping there have been offered temporary accommodation. Estate agency Mason Owen, which represents the owners of the buildings, said they have declined to comment.

This isn't the first time constructions similar to the metal slopes have made the news.

Metal spikes installed outside 118 Southwark Bridge Road (Steve Parsons/PA)
(Steve Parsons/PA)

Known as "hostile architecture", other examples include anti-homeless spikes in doorways to prevent rough sleeping and bars in the centre of benches to stop people from lying down on them.

Back in 2014, there was criticism after spikes were installed to repel rough sleepers outside a block of flats in Southwark, south London.

More than 120,000 people signed a petition calling for the spikes to be removed - and, in the same week, Tesco removed a similar installation from outside one of its stores ahead of a protest.