Railroad crews, police clear homeless camp in Hanford


Hanford police helped crews from the San Joaquin Valley Railroad clean up a large encampment on Tuesday. 

Police said they received a number of complaints from businesses about the homeless camp located near 11th Avenue and W. 5th street in Hanford. 

“There’s a lot of hypodermic needles. There’s feces, urine and rotten food,” Hanford Police Officer Christifer Barker said.

Police said more than 30 people considered homeless were camping out on railroad property 

“It usually starts off with one or two camps and than it just grows and expands from there. The homeless population that live out here there’s no really else for them to put the trash,” Barker said.  

Crews filled up more than five trash containers in just one day. 

Employees at Sequoia Inn said they’ve had problems with the transients bathing in their pool and they were forced to shut off their outside water to keep the homeless people away. 

Hanford Police will be patrolling this area to make sure no one is illegally dumping or setting up homeless camps. 

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