Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

He Left Middlesbrough for a Better Life in the South - but Still Ended Up Freezing on the Streets; Homeless Man Tells of Daily Struggle He Faces

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

He Left Middlesbrough for a Better Life in the South - but Still Ended Up Freezing on the Streets; Homeless Man Tells of Daily Struggle He Faces

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Byline: MIKE BROWN AND ALEX BALLINGER newsdesk@trinitymirror.com @EveningGazette

ANTHONY moved from Middlesbrough when he became homeless because "things were meant to be better" in the south.

But last week, during some of the worst weather we've seen in years, he was still sleeping on the streets. Temperatures dropped so low and the weather got so extreme, that even a charity homeless sleepout event in Bristol had to be cancelled.

But 28-year-old Middlesbrough man Anthony McAleavy had to face nights without a roof over his head.

The Big Issue seller explained to the Bristol Post why he'd moved to the South West from Middlesbrough two weeks ago. He said he slipped into depression after personal tragedies, and becoming unemployed.

Anthony said: "It's meant to be better [in Bristol]. Better assistance to get off the street. There's better care and food places."

As he spoke to a reporter, a member of staff from a nearby pizzeria gave him a free hot pizza. …

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