Helpline for rough sleepers

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People in Barnsley are being asked to contact a new national helpline if they become aware of anyone sleeping rough anywhere in the borough.

The StreetLink service gives members of the public a point of contact if they see someone sleeping on the streets.

Cabinet spokesperson for communities Coun Jenny Platts said: “There are only a small number of rough sleepers in the borough.

“But the longer someone sleeps rough the greater the risk they will become trapped on the streets and vulnerable to becoming a victim of crime, drug or alcohol problems, or experience problems with their health.”

Around 1,600 homeless people have applied for help in Barnsley over the last three years.