Homeless man found dead in car park as cold weather arrives

Cold weather is believed to have caused the death of a homeless man in a town centre car park this week, a friend of the man has revealed.

John Street car park - Fleming Way - homeless
Where homeless people sleep, John Street Car Park, Swindon

The 50-year-old man’s body was discovered on the morning of Wednesday, 13 Janaury, after a man, who is also sleeping on the streets, could not wake him.

Paramedics were called to the John Street Car Park, but he was dead on arrival.

A man who wanted to remain anonymous, and is also homeless, told Swindon 24 that his friend had been “quite ill in the days before he died” and that “it being colder recently” is likely to have “contributed towards his death”.

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Wiltshire Police say that the death is “not being treated as suspicious”.

A spokesperson said: “We were called by the ambulance service, at around 8.30am, on Wednesday, to reports of a man lying still in John Street Car Park, Swindon.

“The ambulance service confirmed the 50 year old man was dead at the scene.”