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Homeless man injured after tent removed by industrial vehicle

The man sustained injuries whilst sleeping next to a canal near Dublin city centre. Credit: Google Street View

A man has been left seriously injured after the tent he was sleeping in was removed by an industrial vehicle in Dublin.

The man, who is believed to be homeless, was taken to St Vincent's Hospital, where he is reportedly being treated for "life-changing" injuries and remains in a serious condition.

The incident, which took place at Wilton Terrace near the city centre of the Irish capital, happened on Tuesday afternoon.

The tent is believed to have been pitched alongside the Grand Canal, a waterway which runs through the heart of Dublin and is popular with walkers and cyclists.

It is thought the man was injured when the tent he was sheltering in was moved by vehicle during works to clear the banks of the canal.

The man was taken to hospital in Dublin, where he is being treated for his injuries. Credit: PA

Local police said investigations into the incident are continuing.

In a statement, Dublin City Council said the incident happened while Waterways Ireland was removing tents that it said were "placed in a precarious and dangerous location".

"An individual was injured during the process and was taken to hospital. The Dublin Regional Homeless Executive is currently liaising with the hospital and every support is being provided," the statement added.

Protesters camped outside Dublin city council last summer to protest a rise in people rough sleeping in the city. Credit: PA

The authority said its thoughts were with the man after his injury, adding it had been "engaging with the individual for some time" to provide him with alternative accommodation.

Figures provided by Focus Ireland, a charity which works with homeless people in the country, show Dublin had 92 people sleeping rough at the end of November.

In comparison, figures released for London last year showed the 8,855 people slept rough in the capital between April 2018 and March 2019.