Special Report: The plight of the homeless in the North West

Charities claim it's getting harder for them to help the homeless as funding cuts continue to bite. Meanwhile Manchester city council predict a 40% increase in rough sleepers this year than last year. But the head of the police force says handing sandwiches out is not necessarily the solution.

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Feeding the homeless may feed a 'lifestyle' of living on the street, says top police officer

Charity workers provide food to a rough sleeper in Manchester Credit: ITV

Feeding the homeless can "facilitate that lifestyle" of living on the street, according to Greater Manchester's top police officer.

Granada Reports asked Chief Constable, Sir Peter Fahy, if he was "skeptical" about charities who feed rough sleepers. He responded that such work carried a "danger" of allowing people to continue sleeping rough.

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