DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A homeless campsite in Northeast Dallas that residents say was growing out of control has been cleared by Dallas Police.

The huge pile of sand is no longer a bed or a bathroom for dozens of homeless people during the last several months.

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Homeless encampment (CBS 11)

Police started driving them out Wednesday after a CBS 11 story on nearby residents’ complaints last week.

Among those forced out of the area under a bridge on Royal Lane is Dennis English.

The 48-year-old has been homeless for 20 years and has lived here for the last several of those.

Dennis English – Dallas homeless man (J.D. Miles – CBS 11)

He says the large sand pile which the city stores under the bridge for use to deice streets has been a comfortable and safe place to live with his girlfriend.

He says the move will force him and others to start living under more high profile overpasses nearby.

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“The police are dogging us down there, like ‘move, move, you got a move.’ Move where? Them people don’t want over there. Move where? I’m fine right here OK when you get a good bum you need to keep him because I run all the other ones off the ones breaking into cars, breaking into buildings,” explained English.

Dallas Police told CBS 11 in a statement, “The encampment was increasing in size and the department felt it was a good opportunity to get the Office of Homeless Solutions involved to offer services to those homeless persons residing in that area.”

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Some of the homeless are already trying to sneak back into this area, but police are patrolling to try and keep them out.