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Rough sleepers urged to seek help as temperatures plummet

Cardiff has seen an increase in the number of people sleeping on the streets in recent years Credit: PA

People sleeping rough are being urged by councils across Wales to seek shelter and support.

It comes as the country is gripped by sub-zero temperatures, with snow and freezing conditions forecast until the end of the week.

Cardiff Council has issued a plea for rough sleepers "not to spend another night outside", adding that additional emergency beds are available.

I'm asking rough sleepers to come into our services. We have warm, safe and dry accommodation available and waiting for you. Sleeping on the street is extremely damaging to a person's health and wellbeing so please, come in and let us help and care for you.

– Cllr Lynda Thorne, Cardiff Council

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Carmarthenshire County Council has also implemented its cold weather procedures, with temporary accommodation available for those in need.

Homelessness is something we work hard to prevent every day of the year, but despite the support we offer the reality is that some people don’t want it and are often very difficult to engage with.

However, in these extreme conditions we are encouraging people to come to us so we can get a roof over their head and a warm bed.

If anyone knows of someone sleeping rough, and knows where they are, we’d appreciate information being passed to them, or given to us so we can offer temporary accommodation, even if only for a few nights.

– Cllr Linda Evans, Carmarthenshire County Council

With temperatures dropping to as little as -9.4°C in some parts of Wales today, a local Newport businessman has offered to shelter to the homeless.

Courtyard and Blind Tiger will be open over the next 24 hours for the homeless. Owner, Ifan Harris, is offering free hot meals and shelter from 11pm tonight.

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Thursday 1st March announcement. Credit: Boomerang Cardiff

Heavy snowfall and blizzards are expected as a red weather warning is in place across some parts of South Wales.

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