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Police investigating death of homeless 19-year-old in Cardiff

The man was found dead in Hamadryad Park in Cardiff Bay Credit: Google Maps

South Wales Police said it is investigating after a 19-year-old was found dead in Cardiff.

The man, who was found in Hamadryad Park in Cardiff Bay was sleeping rough, according to Cardiff Council.

The park is situated in the Butetown area close to the city centre

South Wales Police is investigating the unexplained death of a 19-year-old man in Hamadryad Park, Cardiff Bay. Next of kin have been informed and a file is being prepared for HM Coroner.

– South Wales Police spokesperson
Recent statistics showed Cardiff has the highest number of rough sleepers at 53

The council said the man was known to their outreach and accommodation services and had received help on a "number of occasions."

We are working every day to help people come off the streets and since April last year we have helped 175 people into accommodation. There is a wide range of accommodation and services available and I want the public to know that there is no need for anyone to sleep out at night in our city.

When this happens our dedicated outreach team works with those rough sleepers on a daily basis, encouraging them to engage with services and to take the first steps to coming off and staying off the streets for good.

– Cllr Lynda Thorne, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities

Cllr Thorne added many rough sleepers in the city "choose not to access accommodation" and said they will also be investigating the circumstances surrounding the man's death to see what "lessons can be learned".

“I want to take this opportunity to say to rough sleepers, please don’t stay out – we have accommodation for you. Come in, work with us and let us help you".