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'Very sad' plight of homeless man who's been sleeping rough for two months but 'does


A homeless man has been sleeping rough in a city centre for around two months but will not accept the support offered to him, a charity has said.

The man, who is known as Alan and believed to be in his 30s, has become a regular sight to people walking to and from Derby bus station during the winter mornings.

The Padley Centre, a charity which supports the homeless, has received calls from members of the public who have been concerned about his plight, the Derby Telegraph reports.

One shopper who stopped and watched Alan sleeping in the rain said she thought it was "very sad".

Larry Waller, chief executive of the charity, said: "He is known to us and other agencies, such as the police, city council and No Second Night Out, who have tried to engage with him on a weekly basis.

"He isn't interested in any support and there's nothing we can do about that."

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A local charity said: "He isn't interested in any support and there's nothing we can do about that"(Photo: Derby Telegraph)

"We have received phone calls from the general public who walk passed and are very concerned about him.

"But ultimately he's there through his own choice."

'Alan' did not want to talk to the Derby Telegraph about his situation.

One homeless man, who did not want to be named, said he believed Alan was trying to make some kind of statement by sleeping out in the open near a thoroughfare used by shoppers and commuters.

Another man, who has been on the streets for the last two years, said he preferred to sleep hidden away.

Jordan Johnson, 22, said: "I sleep in doorways as it's more sheltered and keeps you away from the idiots at night."

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