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BBC's Nolan 'will never forget' moment he found homeless man on Belfast street

Published 08/02/2016

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Stephen Nolan

Stephen Nolan has said he will never forget the "desperate" look in the eyes of a homeless man who he found on the streets of Belfast.

In 2013 Stephen Nolan went out on the streets of Belfast just a few days before Christmas with volunteers from a charity that helps the homeless.

He met Co Down man Ryan Pedlow (31) who was sleeping rough outside the Europa Hotel in Belfast.

Following his meeting with Nolan he told the the Belfast Telegraph how the BBC presenter's generosity that night in putting him up in a room inside the hotel helped him change his life around.

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I was ravaged with remorse and cried all the way home over plight of homeless Ryan, reveals Stephen Nolan  

Today speaking on his BBC show Nolan reflected on his experience as he discussed the death of a young homeless man at the weekend.

Paramedics and the police tried to resuscitate him for 30 minutes, but he sadly passed away. The cause of his death is unknown at this stage.

He said: "I'll never forget it. Subsequently a few months after this happened he went to the papers, it was published in the Belfast Telegraph.

"I saw this, I don't want to be disrespectful, but it just looked like a mound of rubbish, I couldn't see a human being under it.

"It was at the side of the Europa, I saw it going up and down and it was a man lying there.

"I approached him and he was shivering in the cold. It was a real snowy winter night, it was dreadful, dreadful weather there was me in my new coat and jumper on and everything that money buys.

"Anyway I knelt down beside this man and the look on his face I will never forget.

"It was a look of desperation. It was a combination, I'm imagining his face now, it was a combination of desperation and loneliness. That's how I interpreted it. I just looked at him."

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