© Getty A homeless person sleeps on a doorstep in London during snowfall in February this year
A former soldier, a quantum physicist and a 31-year-old man mourning the loss of his mother and brother were among those found dead in doorways, crowded shelters and tents pitched in freezing conditions since October last year.
This month, the Guardian reported that the number of recorded deaths of homeless people has more than doubled over the last five years, rising from 32 in 2013 to 77 in 2017*. So far, 40 deaths have been recorded this year, meaning at least 318 homeless people have died since 2013.
The figures for this winter complied by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ), which show an average of at least two homeless deaths every week, are likely to be a significant underestimate as no part of the UK government records homeless death statistics at a national level, and local authorities are not obliged to record the information.