Number of homeless people dying on the streets soars in five years

The figures, for England and Wales, have been compiled by the Office for National Statistics. Credit: PA

Nearly 600 homeless people died on the streets last year, according to government figures.

The North West of England and London had the highest mortality rates.

This is the first time the ONS has recorded the number of rough sleeper deaths across England and Wales.

A homeless man was found dying outside the entrance to the Houses of Parliament this week. Credit: PA

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The mean age of death for a homeless person was far lower than the general population. Credit: ITV News

Over half of all deaths of homeless people in 2017 were due to three factors: accidents (including drug poisoning) accounted for 40%, suicides accounted for 13% and diseases of the liver accounted for 9%.