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A death and a near miss

July 11th 2009
A homeless man is found dead at a waste disposal site on the same day a rough sleeper is almost crushed by a bin lorry. Raymond Pickering, 54, was found dead at the Biffa waste disposal site in Colwick, Nottingham, on Friday 15th May. The police believe he was sleeping rough in bins in Nottingham, but the exact cause of his death has yet to be determined. On the same day, a council bin lorry in Brighton had a near miss with a rough sleeper in one of its bins. The driver, working alone, stopped emptying bins with the lorry's automatic lift when he heard screams. The man escaped injury. Brighton and Hove council are discussing adding a man to their lorries to check the bins first, but this is a problem across the UK. Before the July issue, we aim talk to Biffa, one of the UK's largest waste disposal companies, which, we understand, is working on a campaign to stop this type of accident.

June 2009



The Mayor's year

Just getting by

Gatekeeping protest

Who wants to know?

Olympic legacy

A death and a near miss

Investigating Novas

Big Issue vendor killed

Judge tells man told to 'go down south'

Brighton authorities back out of LGBT funding

Hope House triples to cope with demand

Camden 'cuts' rough sleeping to single figures

Worthing beggar beaten and left for dead

Little House on the Pallet

Families in Wales lose out

Peyroux plays Endell Street

Polish shelter fire kills 23

Mortgage Rescue Scheme flounders

Homeless on display at Chelsea

Hackney hostel facelift

Needlestick injuries, part 2

You looking at my bird?

Free dental care in Glasgow

Edinburgh homeless numbers rise

Funding slashed

Rural homeless

Right to buy scrapped

Revamped services in Edinburgh

US handouts


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