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Volunteers stage a sleepout in city centre to highlight plight of the homeless

By Staff Reporter

The family of a homeless man who died on Belfast's streets joined a public sleepout aimed at raising awareness of the issue.

Volunteer group Help4Homeless Belfast invited people to experience first-hand some of the realities of sleeping rough.

The event was staged outside Primark in Belfast city centre between 7pm on Friday and 7am Saturday. Among those who turned up to show their support was the family of the latest homeless man who died this winter, known only as 'Roy'.

He was found dead on High Street at the end of last month.

Organisers said the event was not to "replicate homelessness" but to show some of the realities, which include the biting cold, the damp, the noise and the difficulty of coping with little sleep.

A total of four homeless people have died in recent weeks.

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