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Body of rough sleeper identified

Chiriac Inout was discovered in John Bright Street late last Tuesday, November 30. Photo: BPM.

A homeless man found dead in Birmingham city centre on the coldest night of the year has been named.

Chiriac Inout was discovered in John Bright Street late last Tuesday, November 30.

His death, as temperatures dropped to minus six, prompted an outpouring of emotion from members of the local community. Mr Inout’s identity was confirmed by Birmingham coroner’s office.

An opening inquest has not yet been held. CCTV footage of what appeared to be Mr Inout’s final moments was released and showed people searching through his pockets while others were seen using drugs just inches away.

CCTV footage of what appeared to be Mr Inout’s final moments was released and showed people searching through his pockets. Credit: BPM

It was thought his body lay undiscovered for several hours before emergency services were called at around 11pm. His death came just 24 hours ahead of research by the charity Shelter which revealed 16,100 people were considered homeless in the West Midlands – 9,560 of them in Birmingham.

That number did not represent the amount of people sleeping rough on the streets but it included them alongside others in temporary or unsecured accommodation.

Shelter Birmingham Hub manager Vicky Hines said:

“Shelter’s founding shone a light on hidden homelessness in the sixties slums. But while those troubled times have faded into memory, 50 years on a modern day housing crisis is tightening its grip on our country. Thousands of people in the West Midlands will face the trauma of waking up homeless this Christmas. Decades in the making, this is the tragic result of a nation struggling under the weight of sky-high rents, a lack of affordable homes, and cuts to welfare support."

– Shelter Birmingham Hub manager Vicky Hines.
Chiriac Inout was discovered behind a pub in John Bright Street late last Tuesday, November 30. Credit: BPM

"We all face the consequences when so many grow up without a place to call home. It breaks up communities and wreaks havoc on family life. For the sake of future generations we must pull together to end this crisis, and refuse to rest until every child has a place to call home.”

– Shelter Birmingham Hub manager Vicky Hines.