Rough Sleepers


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 […]

Bailiffs clear homelessness protesters camp from Leicester Town Hall Square

Homelessness protesters living at a camp outside Leicester’s town hall for three weeks were evicted this morning. Seven enforcement agents from the Sheriff’s Office, acting on behalf of the county court, moved in to remove the tents at 7.30am. The protesters, led by homelessness campaigner James McLean, have vowed to set up another camp elsewhere […]

Secret struggle of tragic homeless man found burned to death in van where he was living

The tragedy behind a homeless man found burned to death in the back of his van in an Asda car park has rocked common misconceptions about rough sleepers. Two weeks ago, emergency crews were called after smoke was seen pouring from a van parked outside an Asda store in Reddish, in Stockport. A man, who […]

Met slammed over NINE failures after homeless man dies at Forest Gate police station

An inquest into the death of a homeless man taken into custody and later found dead on the floor of his cell has criticised police for making a catalogue of failures. Forest Gate police arrested and detained Valdas Jasiunas on September 1, 2010, for begging after previously giving him a caution for the same offence. […]

Evicted Belgravia squatters ‘posed grave security risk’ to Queen

Squatters branded a “security risk” to the Queen have been evicted from a mansion close to Buckingham Palace. About 30 people were removed from the seven-storey building on Buckingham Gate at around 04:00 GMT. The Met Police raised concerns the squatters could peer into the royal gardens from the roof of 19 Buckingham Gate ; […]

We need a new way to tackle homelessness – and we need it to be the Newcastle way

Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes says the UK as a whole can learn from the city’s approach. ‘ A homeless person on Grey Street, Newcastle‘ Have you ever wondered what it must feel like to be homeless? Frightening, isolating, degrading. You may never have considered it but the fact is more and more people are […]

Statistics watchdog warns government over misleading homelessness figures

The government’s official statistics body has told the Department for Communities and Local Government to stop using potentially misleading figures for homelessness, and said it would monitor its future statements on the issue.   The intervention by the UK Statistics Authority came after the DCLG claimed in a series of press briefings late last year […]

Body of ‘homeless man’ Dave pulled from Leeds-Liverpool canal

“Not a beggar or freeloader. A man, our friend. RIP Dave xx” The body of a homeless man, was discovered in the Leeds-Liverpool canal in the Vauxhall area. A tribute laid on a doorstep in Lord Street where a homeless man used to sleep, after a body was pulled from the Leeds-Liverpool canal‘ Reports on […]

Homeless man ‘bottled in the head’ and homeless woman ‘booted and robbed’ by gang of thugs

A GANG of men assaulted two homeless people in unprovoked town centre attacks. A rough sleeper, aged in his forties, was rushed to Southend Hospital for treatment after being hit over the head in Warrior Square, Southend. It is believed a glass bottle was used in the attack. Minutes later a homeless woman, aged in […]

Squatters ejected from oligarch’s £15m mansion move into new base yards away

A group of squatters who were evicted from a mansion in Eaton Square have taken over another building worth millions of pounds just hours after being moved. Activists from the Autonomous Nation of Anarchist Libertarians were thrown out roughly of the five-storey, Grade II-listed building after a two-and-a-half-hour standoff with bailiffs. They have now settled into […]