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Night shelter 'lifeline' for rough sleepers in Brighton

The number sleeping rough in Brighton has increased by 20% Photo: ITV Meridian

The number of homeless people sleeping rough on the streets of Brighton has increased by more than 20%.

The city has banded together to provide a new winter shelter which can help as many as 30 people every night.

'Paul', night shelter user

It opened in December and will run until March.

Providing a hot meal and a bed it has been described as a 'lifeline' for those sleeping rough during the cold winter months.

It has been made possible by all parties on the city council.

Sarah Mitchell, St Mungo's homeless charity