Street News


UK family found guilty of enslaving homeless and disabled people

Lincolnshire gang forced at least 18 victims to work for little or no pay and live in squalor for up to 26 years  Convicted gang members (top row, L-R): Bridget Rooney, Gerald Rooney, John Rooney, 53, John Rooney, 31, Lawrence Rooney, Martin Rooney, 35,(bottom row, L-R): Martin Rooney Sr, Martin Rooney, 23 Patrick Rooney, 54, […]

Homeless veteran begs for shelter outside homeless charity’s multi-million pound headquarters

A down-on-his-luck man has spent years begging strangers to ‘give me shelter’ while sleeping rough on a street – opposite the headquarters of Britain’s biggest homeless charity. Army veteran Tony Richards has built himself a makeshift camp on the cold street opposite the posh London headquarters of Shelter, a charity who work to help the […]

Drug deaths hit record high in England and Wales, new statistics show

ONS says 3,744 people were killed by drug poisoning in 2016, amid warnings over danger of former ‘legal highs’ and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl . The ONS said a record of 371 people died after taking cocaine in 2016 PA. A record number of drug-related deaths has been recorded in England and Wales as the number of […]

This is what it is like to be 11 years old and homeless

‘At Christmas time, I didn’t want to be in this world’ Sam with his terminally ill father. . In the temporary accommodation block for the homeless, 11-year-old Sam* tells you about life in a flat so cramped that he, his brother, sister, mum and dad can’t all sit in the living room at the same time, or eat […]

Homeless people in Oxford threatened with £2,500 fines

City council under fire after legal notices pinned to rough sleepers’ bags left in shop doorways  The rough sleepers’ belongings were having a detrimental effect on other people’s quality of life, the council notices said. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Homeless people putting their possessions in shop doorways in Oxford have been threatened with fines of up to £2,500. […]

Housing people fast is five times cheaper than homelessness – here’s why

Our research in Liverpool shows the potential benefits of giving homeless people housing first . . For John*, having his own front door has made a world of difference. When our researchers met him, he had finally found a rented home after being homeless for more than five years. Now he is being supported in […]

When someone is sleeping rough they need help – not deportation

Deporting people like Teofil and Marineta when they have been reduced to sleeping on the streets shows utter contempt for fellow human beings  Teofil and Marineta were arrested for sleeping in a tent and taken to Yarl’s Wood detention centre. Photograph: Alamy   Last week, the high court was the scene of a small but […]

Online adverts ‘exploit homeless for sex’

Young, vulnerable people are being targeted with online classified adverts offering accommodation in exchange for sex, a BBC investigation has found. The deals, which are legal, are on classified ad sites such as craigslist. Charities have described the adverts as exploitative and Hove MP Peter Kyle wants them made illegal. Craigslist, which on one day […]

NSPCC: Child sex offence recorded every ten minutes in UK

Recorded child sex offences across UK police at all-time high Figure soared by nearly a fifth to 55,507 recorded crimes against children and young people NSPCC calls for investment in early recovery services for abused children ‘ The number of child sex offences recorded by police in the UK rose to a record 55,507 last […]

Murder victim ‘would be alive today’ if homeless charity was properly funded

The chief executive of a local homeless charity has said Giles Metcalfe would not have died if his organisation had been able to provide its usual amount of accommodation. GILES METCALFE was kind at heart and very generous. A FUNDING shortfall to provide help for local homeless people indirectly lead to the death of a […]