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How safe are you from becoming homeless?

As most of us look forward to a cosy Christmas at home with family and friends, there are others who'll spend it alone and on the streets.

Now, a charity in Sussex has released a hard-hitting film, showing just how quickly someone can become homeless.

The Brighton Housing Trust says more people in the city are sleeping rough than ever before. Malcolm Shaw spoke to the charity's Chief Executive, Andy Winter.

'Rough sleeping' summit held in Brighton and Hove

More than 1,000 people sleep rough in the city every year Credit: ITV

The first ever 'rough sleeping summit' has been held in Brighton and Hove. It's thought more than 1,000 people sleep rough every year in the city. The council says it hopes to build on existing services so that no one is homeless and living on its streets by 2020.


Bournemouth station blasted with 'bad' music to drive away rough sleepers

High-pitched songs by children's cartoon band Alvin and the Chipmunks are being played all night long at Bournemouth's main bus and train station - in an attempt to drive away rough sleepers.

The council and police had previously played bagpipe music over the tannoy at Bournemouth Travel Interchange to stop homeless people congregating.

The decision to play 'annoying' songs has been controversial amongst local residents. More than 4,000 people have signed a petition calling for the plug to be pulled.

Watch Sam Holder's report below:

Interviewees: Carla Johnson (petition organiser), Cllr David Smith (Bournemouth Borough Council), Paul Noblet (Centrepoint homeless charity)

The sound of the bagpipes and high-pitched Chipmunks aimed at people sleeping rough

Homeless people are being deterred from sleeping rough at a bus and railway station in Bournemouth - they are being subjected to bagpipes music and high-pitched songs by the Chipmunks.

A petition against the scheme has been signed by nearly 4,000 people, who say the homeless should be offered help and not subjected to bagpipes or the Chipmunks.

The local council says the move is designed to target anti-social behaviour.

Concerns over number of people sleeping rough

Charities are concerned about the new figures Credit: PA

The number of people sleeping rough on the streets in Aldershot and Farnborough has risen by nearly 50 per cent. That's according to new figures released by Rushmoor Borough Council. Local charities say it's the highest number they've seen for the area.


Summit to tackle homeless crisis in Brighton

Brighton's homeless crisis has reached unprecedented levels, according to a new report by the city's housing Trust.

Over the past year almost 600 people have been reported sleeping rough in the city - many on the streets, some in makeshift tents, others in upturned boats, even in bins.

Now the newly elected council has announced a summit to discuss the issue - while the Trust itself has called for ambitious new measures to confront the crisis. Andy Dickenson reports.

Homeless man jailed for life for murdering friend

A homeless man who brutally murdered a friend in a church porch after a drinking session was today jailed for life.

Ruslan Piktorov - who must serve a minimum 18 years of his sentence - launched the savage attack on 57-year-old Trevor Hillman in Headcorn last October.

He was sentenced today after changing his plea to guilty.

From Maidstone Crown Court, Derek Johnson reports.

Homeless charity 'comes of age'

A unique charity set up to tackle homelessness came of age today. Emmaus, at Portslade in Sussex, is celebrating 18 years of helping people sleeping rough to get their lives back on track. The project provides somewhere to stay in return for work ..... a combination which has proved so successful that branches have opened across the country, including Kent. Malcolm Shaw reports.

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