What a charmer Martin Terry must be!

Six homeless people die in his borough, rough sleepers are verbally and physically attacked, there is human trafficking, and this councillor – councillor! – says there’s too much help available for them.

A street pastor has revealed there have been six homeless deaths in Southend so far this year – and has defended the large amount of help given to rough sleepers.

Del Thomas was responding to criticism from Independent Thorpe ward councillor Martin Terry, who said the abundance of help for the homeless in the borough might be exacerbating the problem. His comments came after he discovered other councils in Essex were sending the homeless to Southend to take advantage of the care offered there.

He said: “… I couldn’t disagree further with his comments about stopping the help.

“If the soup kitchens and extra patrols stopped then where will the rough sleepers suddenly be housed? There isn’t enough accommodation and we have already had six deaths connected to the rough sleeping community this year alone and that is before the winter has hit.”

Mr Thomas added: “We have had at least four rough sleepers who have been human trafficked and many more unreported here in Southend.

“Personally I have witnessed rough sleepers spat on, urinated on whilst sleeping and verbally and physically attacked.”

Source: ‘Six homeless people have died this year’ in Southend | Echo

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