Rough sleeper dies near busy Sainsbury’s on central London street

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A homeless man describes his “absolute shock” after waking up next to his dead friend.

By Steven Hopkins

A rough sleeper has told of his “absolute shock” at having been awoken by police to the news that the man sleeping beside him had died during the night. 

James, who declined to give his last name, said the man in his mid-40s is thought to have died shortly after 2.15am on Tuesday morning, on a pavement outside Curry’s PC World on London’s busy Tottenham Court Road. 

The death comes just days after around 100 rough sleepers were evicted from a disused building nearby, which had been turned into a makeshift shelter by volunteers hoping to protect the homeless community during freezing temperatures in March. 

Homeless charity Crisis described the death as a “tragic reminder of the dangers faced by thousands of people who have no choice but to sleep on the streets”. 

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