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Sworn at and abused- homeless man tells of daily ordeal on Kent streets

Simon says he's been sworn at and threatened Credit: ITV Meridian

A homeless man says he's been attacked and abused whilst sleeping rough on the streets.

Simon Sparshatt from Kent has told ITV Meridian how demoralising it has been, as he tries to get his life back on track.

It comes as government figures show a sixteen percent rise in rough sleepers.

Brighton, Canterbury and Hastings all feature in the top ten areas with the most rough sleepers. Tom Savvides reports.

Tom spoke to rough sleeper Simon Sparshatt, Terry Gore from the Catching Lives charity, Cllr Clare Moonan from Brighton and Hove Council (Lab) and Cllr Vince Maple from Medway Council ( Lab).

Here are some contact details for those who need help:

Shelter gives practical housing advice and support online, in person and by phone.

Crisis is the national charity for homeless people.

West Sussex Council has a number of links to homeless shelters. Follow link for detail.

Brighton & Hove Council has a number of links to homeless shelters. Follow link for detail

Catching Lives helps homeless people in Canterbury

Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you're feeling, or if you're worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at

jo@samaritans.org.Childline ( 0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won't show up on your phone bill.