A HOMELESS man was “left to die” on the streets of Southend after being thrown out of his accommodation.
Gary Dunn, 53, was found collapsed in Leather Lane, Southend, and died before medics were able to treat him.
Volunteers at a soup kitchen claim Mr Dunn “fell through the cracks” of a system which struggles to deal with homeless people with alcohol issues.
Homeless charity Harp has confirmed Mr Dunn was housed in a rehabilitation centre, inWestcliff, but was forced to leave after a month due to his drinking and behaviour. He was later forced to leave the charity’s night shelter for the same reason.
Mr Dunn was found on Saturday afternoon. The Essex Air Ambulance was called and arrived at 2.05pm, but nothing could be done to save him.
Mrs Rowson added: “He was here on Friday and said he was really cold, so we put a scarf on him and he walked off. He died the next day.
“We’ve set up a shrine in Warrior Square and even police officers have paid their respects because he was such an inoffensive and gentle man. He wasn’t one of their regulars.”
Mr Dunn was the second homeless person to have died on the streets of Southend in as many weeks, with another rough sleeper dying of a drug overdose on Saturday, August 8.
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