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Belfast homeless community reeling after latest death

A young man's body was found in Belfast city centre on Friday. Credit: Presseye

The death of a man in his 20s on the streets of Belfast has devastated the homeless community, with some of them telling outreach workers they could be next.

The young man’s body was found in the Keylands Place area of the city centre, between Brunswick Street and Great Victoria Street, on Friday.

His death, which police say is not being treated as suspicious, comes after another homeless man was found dead in a doorway on High Street just weeks ago.

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“In 2019, no one should be dying on our streets,” SDLP councillor and community worker Paul McCusker said.

“One of the things that really got to me was them saying: ‘Well, no one cares – we could be next …’

“I think that’s really bad to hear that from people who are homeless in Belfast.”

Those working to try to help the homeless community are calling for plans for a homeless hub in the city to be brought forward.

They say the need is increasingly a life and death one.