Homeless ‘devastated’ by doorway death

Image caption Ross Miller had known Take advantage of O’Connor since 2002

Homeless individuals have told of their shock after a guy died in a shop doorway throughout a night of freezing temperatures.

The body of Rob O’Connor was present in Springfield Road, Chelmsford on Fri morning .

Kent Police said Mr O’Connor’s demise is being treated as unexplained.

Although temperatures in the town dropped below 0C (32F) around the night of his death, his buddies say he had been suffering with their health in general.

Mister O’Connor, who was originally from North america, is understood to have recently gone through an operation for cancer, which necessary the removal of his voice box.

Ross Miller, who is destitute, said he had known Mr O’Connor for 16 years: “I had been devastated when I heard the news. Can be a pain, but he has been all right. He was a nice groundling. ”

Image caption This particular message was put up by a destitute man in Chelmsford called Dork. Dave said he put up the particular board, which has since blown away, as they feared nobody else would identify the death of a fellow tough sleeper

He said the streets have been bitterly cold the past few days, incorporating: “I wish I had somewhere to look. I don’t like sitting here, I truly don’t.

“Some individuals are really kind, they give you the time associated with day, maybe a little food or even some spare money. ”

Alice, who works in a coffee shop in Chelmsford, said: “I knew the guy who passed away, he was around here a lot so you just do what you may.

“It is definitely cold and hideous at the moment, and that means you have got to be nice when you can. inch

Picture caption A coffee shop employee brought out warm drinks and bread for homeless people, during a BBC interview

A second homeless man, called Daniel, from Bradford, said some destitute people struggled to get places within night shelters.

He or she said homeless people who tested good for drink or drugs usually found themselves turned away.

“We are not bad individuals, ” he said. “We are usually functioning alcoholics – we consume just to keep warm.

“We are not going to start problems. I might go in there to get some rest and to not get hypothermia. ”

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