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Wisbech-based homeless group leader announces closure blaming council clashes and lack of funding

Fenland District Council has defended its record on helping the area’s homeless and explained its stance on funding other organisations.

The move comes after Simon Crowson – known as Spike, chairman of Wisbech-based 50 Backpacks, announced he was closing the organisation down, blaming a “personal vendetta” against him and citing the lack of regular funding for the decision.

In a statement issued on the 50 Backpacks Vision Facebook page, Spike said: “After yet another onslaught from a select few local councillors, it is with huge regret that I have to announce that I will be stepping away from 50 Backpacks and closing the doors.

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