Thursday 9 April 2015 1.07pm
I was recently accosted in the Shad Thames
area by an individual who claimed to need £18 immediately, so that he and a partner (who allegedly were sleeping rough locally) could secure six months accommodation in "King George's", which apparently was nearby. Having been a victim of similar-sounding scams in the past, I refused. Needless to say, however, the entire episode was rather troubling.
The individual concerned did not look like someone who was sleeping rough, though neither did he look well-off. For what it's worth, he was a skinny, thirty-something white guy, with a London accent. Further research on my part has shown that there is a King George's hostel - however, it focuses on single homeless men in Westminster.
How much chance is there that this individual's story could have been true?