Young man, 25, dies sleeping rough in M&S doorway on bitterly cold night

John Wrench, a 25-year-old homeless man with no known underlying health conditions, died sleeping rough in the doorway of a Marks and Spencer's store in Manchester city centre on the bitterly cold night of January 31.

He had been sleeping outside on a night with temperatures dipping to -3ºC and heavy snow fell on parts of Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester Police said: "At around 8.15am on Monday 1 February 2021, police received a report of concern for the welfare of a person off Market Street, Manchester City Centre.

"Emergency services attended and a man was sadly found deceased.

"There are believed to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death."

During the recent cold spell, the city's emergency cold weather provision kicked in which offers anyone sleeping rough a bed for the night.

But at this stage, it is not known whether John had been offered a place to stay the night before he died.

However, his death comes as Manchester Council met on Wednesday to discuss its proposals for saving £2.3million from the homelessness services budget.

John, originally from Bolton, had a learning disability but no known health conditions, his family said.

Jim Hutton from Mad Dogs Homeless Project, a charity that supports people sleeping rough in the city centre, told how he had given John some hot food the night before the tragedy.

"I saw him on the Sunday night and gave him some sausage and mash," said Jim.

"When I heard he was gone I couldn't believe it. His family are devastated.”

John, who was a passionate Manchester United supporter, and a big fan of Eminem, had a difficult upbringing, Jim said.

"John and his siblings didn't have a great start in life and were brought up in what we would now term 'extreme poverty'," he added.

"It was caused in the main to a parent suffering severe mental health problems which impacted the family and as a result they were deprived of a lifestyle and upbringing many of us take for granted.

"John attended Woodside school in Bolton, a school for children with special needs.

"The family lost mum just over two years ago and this has played a part in causing John to go off the rails."

Mad Dogs has agreed to help cover the cost of the funeral for John and is asking for donations.

A shrine of flowers, candles and tributes to John has appeared at the spot where he died.

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