Homeless man found dead near church after sleeping rough in freezing temperatures

A homeless man has been found dead in a tent near a church, after sleeping rough in freezing temperatures.

The man, named locally as Ben, had been sleeping near St Swithun's Church in Retford, Nottinghamshire.

Nottinghamshire Police said they were made aware of a "sudden death" at 8.40am on Tuesday 27 February. A file will be handed to the coroner.

Scout leader Hazel Newstead, who knew Ben, said she and he husband had come across him a week before his death.

She said he was originally from the south and had moved between Retford, Worksop and Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.

We're so shocked and saddened by this. He seemed to be a lovely, friendly chap.

Hazel Newstead, scout leader, speaking about Ben