Tragedy as man found dead in Manchester’s Gay Village
A man has been found dead in a shop doorway in Gay Village following another cold night in Manchester.
Discovered on Sunday, emergency services were called to Bloom Street after witnesses saw him lying on steps in the doorway of a shop between the Village Chippy and Roadie’s takeaway.
Greater Manchester Police said the man found sleeping rough was “sadly declared deceased” at the scene and authorities are not treating his death as suspicious at this time.
His passing comes after the North West was hit with a yellow heat-health alert, with the Met Office and UKHSA warning that winter conditions place the elderly, clinically vulnerable and the homeless population at risk.
While his cause of death is yet to be determined, the freezing temperatures are thought to be a likely factor and a forensic tent was erected at the scene.
A passerby admitted that he thought the man was simply asleep but after a couple exiting the car park opposite went over to check on him only to find him not moving, they called the ambulance around 10am.
His identity and age are still yet to be confirmed, with GMP adding in a statement: “This investigation is in its very early stages and the cause of death is yet to be ascertained.”
Unfortunately, Manchester still has some of the highest levels of homelessness in the UK. According to statistics published by Shelter in January this year, the city ranks the third-highest in the country, with around 7,407 people (i.e. one in 74 people) experiencing homelessness.
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