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March to remember homeless man Kane Walker

A march will take place tonight to remember homeless man Kane Walker.

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People will march through Birmingham city centre calling for more to be done to help people sleeping rough.

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31-year-old Kane Walker was found dead near Birmingham's Bullring shopping centre last month where tributes were laid.

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In upsetting scenes recorded last summer, the 31-year-old sobbed as he told outreach workers he "could no longer live like this" in a video which went viral after his death, shared by people who wanted to raise awareness of the plight of rough sleepers.

Video from Colin Rankine, Active Christians.

Government figures show that in 2018, there were 420 people sleeping rough across the West Midlands.

That's a rise from 2017 where there were 225.

Birmingham city council say the number of homeless people in the city is representative of the national picture, and that it is working hard to address the underlying issues which cause homelessness.

Ministers must tackle the policies that have fuelled a massive rise in homelessness since 2010 and there must be greater emphasis on prevention, rather than waiting for people to reach a crisis-point.

Like councils across the country, Birmingham City Council is working hard with partners to reduce rough sleeping and homelessness, but more importantly to tackle the underlying issues that contribute towards people becoming homeless in the first place.

– Cllr Sharon Thompson, Cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods, Birmingham City Council

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