How does the UK's first vending machine for homeless people work?

The UK's first vending machine for homeless people has been launched in Nottingham.

Stocked with items such as fresh fruit, sanitary towels, socks, energy bars and sandwiches, the dispenser will be located outside the Broadmarsh shopping centre - and will be accessible 24 hours a day.

Up to 100 homeless people will be able to 'purchase' three free items a day from the "state-of-the-art machine" using a traceable key card.

But how exactly does it work? Our reporter Phil Brewster explains:

The concept is the brainchild of new Nottingham homelessness charity Action Hunger who have chosen the city for the project's pilot ahead of plans to roll out machines across the country.

The machine will be installed under the canopy near to back entrances of the Broadmarsh, in Sussex Street, at the start of December.

A hundred key cards will be dropped off at West Bridgford outreach centre The Friary - Action Hunger's chosen Nottingham partner - where staff will hand them out at their discretion.