The Real Junk Food Project in Armley has been forced to close its doors to the needy people of Leeds on weekends due to repeated violence and offences.
Some of the problems associated with Armley’s “Junk-tion”, were drug deals, fighting, intoxication by alcohol and people urinating on the surrounding buildings.
Another incident was a serious attack that lead to a staff member having to bandage up a man who had been attacked with a brick.
There were also some reports of female members of staff being harassed with threatening, aggressive and distasteful language.
The members of staff were shocked at the lack of support they got from local official bodies, and in order to prevent a serious incident from occurring were forced to close the cafe on weekends.
Hannah Kirk and Stephen Garvey visited the cafe to see how they were dealing with the weekend closures and what the future of the project may be.
The Armley pay as you feel cafe is the hub of the “Real Junk Food Project” as it was the first participating cafe to open back in December 2013. The trend is now recognised all over the UK and even in some other countries.
By Charlotte Brooke