Homelessness 'is on the increase' in Dorset

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A homeless charity says the numbers of people living rough in Dorset are increasing.

Shelter Dorset says the number of people living in temporary accommodation since June 2010 has risen by 10%.

The number of people threatened with homelessness is also increasing.

John Paton, originally from Essex, lost his parents and turned to alcohol. He has been living on the streets of Bridport since July 2010.

West Dorset District Council says it carries out regular early morning checks in Bridport and this week found no rough sleepers.

It adds that there are services available for people who find themselves homeless.

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