Homeless Man Found Dead On Coldest Night Of The Year
A homeless man who had 'frozen to death' was found on the streets of Birmingham city centre on the coldest night in the UK so far this year.
He was discovered last night by a pub-goer close to a car park entrance in Station Road at 11:30pm. The person who made the discovery then alerted police.
The homeless man was pronounced dead at the scene opposite The Victoria pub on John Bright Street. According to the Birmingham Mail, West Midlands Police are not treating the 30-year-old man's death as suspicious and say it may have been connected to drugs.
Last night was the coldest November night in the UK in six years, with temperatures sinking to minus six degrees Celsius.
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The response to the news has been largely damning. Joe Everson wrote: "Absolute travesty - how can we even think about policing other countries when we have even one citizen dying on the street for lack of a place to sleep? If the man was using drugs it will be because he felt he had no other choice. The British government is letting down every single one of the 100,000 British citizens who are homeless and fixing that issue should be their top priority."
Laurence Mahoney was equally vexed: "Disgusting in this day and age NO-ONE should be homeless NO-ONE we are a rich country who do not do enough for our citizens, councils and Government should hold there head down in shame."
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