Tragedy as homeless man, 30s, found dead in Belfast city centre

Tragedy as homeless man, 30s, found dead in Belfast city centre

A HOMELESS man has been found dead in Belfast city centre, according to charity workers.

The rough sleeper was found unconscious and not breathing in a doorway this morning by the Welcome Organisation's Street Outreach team.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) was alerted at 8.28am, and an ambulance and two rapid response vehicles were dispatched to the scene.

Paramedics performed CPR on the man but he was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.

He is understood to have been aged in his 30s and was originally from Dublin, the Belfast Telegraph reported.

Police are yet to comment on the man's death.

Chief executive of the Welcome Organisation, Sandra Moore, described the incident as "tragic".

"The sad reality is that the individuals involved in rough sleeping are amongst the most vulnerable in society, all too often suffering mental ill health, drug or alcohol addiction, or all three," she told the BBC.

"It is not at all uncommon for people in this category to choose to spend time street drinking or taking legal or illegal substances and then either choosing not to return to their accommodation or take up the offer of a temporary bed in a hostel.

"While there is a pressure on beds in the city, this doesn't necessarily equate to the number of people sleeping rough.

"Our thoughts are with the man's family and friends."