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Newquay Homeless Deaths Warning

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6:02am 5th December 2011

It is revealed six people have died sleeping rough in Newquay so far this year.

It is feared that number could rise as temperatures drop.

Campaigners say the resort is dealing with inner city levels of homelessness.

Chris Wood has spent time on the streets in the town. He said, "How many is the number that has to die? Is it ten people? What are they waiting for before spending a bit of money? You find yourself walking round the town trying to find everybody you know to make sure it isn't them. I walk round every night and check on everyone who is sleeping rough after being there myself. I know how easy it is just to lie down in your sleeping bag one night and not wake up again."

Alan Lee runs a soup kitchen in the town. He said, "There must be something we can do as a society. I can see them deteriorating for different reasons - drug addiction, alcohol abuse, maybe society doesn't care for them any more or their families don't care for them. They then lose the will to carry on. They lose the will to do anything for themselves."

6:02am 5th December 2011

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