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

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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4 thoughts on “‘Six homeless people have died this year’ in Southend | Echo

  1. Dan Lucas

    I think a cheaper option than the “large amount” of assistance given rough sleepers would be to requisition buildings from owners underutilising them, as was done following WW2

  2. damo

    i actualy heard someone say recently that homelrssness ….was a lifestyle chouice…..the persone saying it was your typical ..white middle aged middleclass …tory voter just like that counciler apart from such spite they have no concept of how and the causes of homelessness thats becouse that pinheaded tory and this pinheaded councily will never be homeless …..and arent they the lucky ones…..hooray for them

  3. blackghost55

    I really feel so sorry for the homeless.. I live in Milton Keynes and have been been since 2001.. when we first moved to this region there was NO rough sleepers but now theres are quite a lot of rough sleepers I try to give them a few quid but with so many its hard (am on benefits myself) my wife left me 13 years ago due to my problems and Ive had to bring up 4 children on my own
    3 have left home and one remains with me.. I feel she doesn’t want to leave me on my own as she does a lot of caring for me (she’s on zero hour contract) her boyfriend stays over so that’s a good thing for her… I used to get fuel allowence but I’ve not had any for what 3 years.. on the letters in brown envelole it used to state ¨the amount the law says we need to live on each week is such and such but thats done away with now… I cannot understand why people have voted for this evil self serving
    government which hates people like me all because im ill.. 120k
    people died because of this evil government (tip of the iceberg?) and more dying each day? now winter’s here how many more deaths will result?
    They carry on as normal in HOC with not a thought for those that have died… not one inkling… should ve on every front page of all the newspapers and tv…. but alas no….

    Thats it from me.. sorry for the bad grammar…..

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