Until now, there has been no record of the number of people who die homeless.

No government body attempts to count the deaths. There is no official information about their ages, backgrounds or even their names.

But now, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ) has set out to count homeless deaths.

Paul Bradley, whose story is featured in the video below, is one of those. The 52-year-old, known as Brad, died in Taunton in Somerset, apparently of natural causes. He was alcohol dependent and had been homeless for much of the last 20 years.

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New figures reveal at least 449 homeless deaths in UK in the last year Research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism suggests at least 449 homeless people have died in the UK in the last year – at least 65 of them on the streets. The homeless charity Crisis says the figures are “deeply shocking”.

The research followed a Channel 4 News report in December 2017 on the death of Lindy Pring, who died homeless in a tent in Cardiff. Now, new figures from the BIJ indicate at least 449 people died while homeless across the UK in the last 12 months.

Her Name Was Lindy: the story of a homeless woman who died on the streets A 32-year-old woman was found dead in a park in the heart of Cardiff. She had been sleeping rough in a tent. This is Lindy Louise Pring’s story, told with the help of those who loved her.

With contacts across the UK, the BIJ documented cases like that of Hamid Farahi, the physicist who lived in a car in Harlow and died alone in emergency accommodation, and Jayne Simpson, a mother of five who struggled with addictions and was filmed by Channel 4 News at a shelter before her death.

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Homeless Britain: Another death on the streets In December, we met Jayne Simpson in Stafford – where a local charity was trying to help rough sleepers through the harsh winter. Despite their best efforts, she was found dead in a doorway in the town centre several months later.

The Office for National Statistics has now revealed that – for the first time – it is also going to start counting the deaths of homeless people in the UK.

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Office of National Statistics planning to publish figures on homeless deaths We speak to Ben Humberstone from the Office for National Statistics, Matt Downie, policy director for Crisis, and David Tovey, who used to be homeless and is a campaigner and founder of the One Festival of Homeless Arts.

According to the BIJ’s research, of the 449 homeless people who lost their lives in the last 12 months, at least 65 of those died on the streets. Sixteen died in hospital and 47 in temporary accommodation. 321 others died in locations which could not be established.

The research shows 69% of those who died were men and 21% women. There’s no data on the remaining 10%. The average age of death for women was 53. For men, it was 49.

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