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100 Rough Sleepers Helped in Storms

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 13th February 2014. (Updated at 7:56am 13th February 2014)

A Truro homeless charity tells Pirate FM it has to make sure "no one dies" during Cornwall's storms.

St Petrocs says it has helped more than a hundred rough sleepers since the conveyor belt of storms started slamming into the Duchy in December.

It is putting on overnight shelters in the city, Camborne and Newquay to keep people out of the howling wind and rain.

Spokesman Steve Ellis said: "For those people who are on the street the weather means there is no respite. Once you're wet, you're wet. If your clothes are wet, then you're stuck in wet clothes. The ability to find food - it's just not going to happen.

"We're going to make sure nobody dies because of it. Our aims are pretty basic really - to make sure nobody dies because of it, to make sure that people's health doesn't deteriorate. If we're able to do those two things then everything else will follow on as a matter of course.

"It's a little bit like the Dunkirk spirit. We've got people sleeping on the floor, we have people on duvets and blankets which have all been donated. But it's a service that means nobody's going to die of exposure and nobody's going to die of extreme weather conditions.

You can find out more about the St Petroc's charity here.

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