Tented Britain: rise in rough sleepers taking shelter under canvas

UK may not have tent cities like US, but encampments have become feature of British life

Sun-bleached food packaging and the fading remnants of a campfire are the only clues that people used to live in woodland near Cardiff Bay. Residents nearby said the homeless men living in Hamadryad Park had left shortly after Aaron French-Willcox, 19, was found cold and unresponsive in a tent at an encampment in the early hours of 13 February.

French-Wilcox, who had type one diabetes and died from diabetic ketoacidosis, started living in one of the three tents at the site after he was reportedly caught taking the synthetic cannabinoid spice at a homeless shelter three weeks before his death.

Living in tents and cars and squats … should be viewed as simply another form of rough sleeping

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Source: The Guardian: Homelessness

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