Thursday 27 July 2017

Four homeless men have died in Belfast in the last month

Another homeless man has died in Belfast city centre
Another homeless man has died in Belfast city centre

Lesley-Anne McKeown

A fourth homeless man has been found dead in Belfast city centre.

He was found in a shop doorway in High Street on Wednesday.

It is believed he was in his 40s or 50s and had been living on the streets for a number of years.

Three others have died while living rough in Belfast during the last month - two deaths occurred outdoors and a third at a branch of McDonald's.

Another person who had a history of homelessness died shortly after being housed.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has confirmed officers are investigating the sudden death of a man in High Street and a post-mortem examination will be carried out.

Charities have called for action to address the growing problem of homelessness. A petition urging Belfast City Council to open up empty buildings has attracted more than 16,000 signatures.

It is expected to be handed to the local authority following a demonstration on Friday.

Stormont Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness expressed concern on social media and said he would be raising the issue with other government ministers.

He said on Twitter: "Very sad to hear that a man died on the street in Belfast last night. Important that we discuss this at the Executive in Fermanagh. #concerned."

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