Rome clears campsites from Tiber banks

Rome mayor orders removal of homeless camps from Tiber river.

Rome has begun to clear out the illegal homeless camps along the river Tiber, between Ponte Sublicio and Tiber Island, following an order from the mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi.

Urban police officers and employees from the city's refuse removal company AMA Roma worked together to dismantle the campsites and clean up the banks while social services staff intervened with the homeless people affected.

The clean-up operation is concentrated in the area where the body of 19-year-old American student Beau Solomon was found on 4 July, after allegedly being pushed into the river by a homeless man, Massimo Galioto, who lived on the Tiber embankment near Ponte Garibaldi.

The 40-year-old Galioto was subsequently arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and is currently being held in nearby Regina Coeli jail where he awaits trial.