Here’s what to do if you’re worried about a homeless person in the heat

PUBLISHED: 12:15 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:15 31 July 2018

Open Door on Bricket Road.

Open Door on Bricket Road.


With temperatures this week set to bounce back up to 30C, St Albans council has issued advice to anyone concerned about homeless people outside in the heat.

The council’s head of housing Karen Dragovic said: “Hot weather can be challenging for people who are homeless as they are often outdoors during the warmest hours of the day.

“With temperatures set to soar again to 30C in the next few days, we are asking residents concerned about rough sleepers in St Albans district to refer them to Hightown’s Open Door night shelter for advice and support.

“Open Door can provide people sleeping rough with water, sun lotion and after-sun cream and sign-post them to sheltered places where they can stay out of the sun during the day.”

The Open Door shelter is located on Bricket Road and anyone concerned about a rough sleeper can report them via, along with a description of the individual and details of their location.

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I should probably have taken the hint! Walking out into the garden recently an unprecedented flock of thirty or more crows raucously greeted me from the treetops at the bottom of my garden. Cawing and croaking these big, black birds clung clumsily to the top most branches and twigs, jostling and flapping to stay balanced in a constant flurry of feathers. There is always something ominous about crows – they are after all carrion crows, the vultures of the bird world – always watching for scraps and weakness that might mean their next meal.

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