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Winter freeze boosts Lincolnshire beds demand

The recent cold weather has led to a rise in the number of homeless people seeking help in Lincolnshire, according to a charity for the homeless.

The Nomad Trust's Monks Road centre in Lincoln currently has beds for around 14 people who are single and homeless.

The charity said the emergency night shelter did not see an immediate rise in demand at the start of the cold spell, but all beds were now full.

However, managers stressed nobody would be turned away.

Louise Kent from Nomad said: "If the temperature drops below freezing, even if they don't have money, or a national insurance number, we'll still bring them in.

"The only time we would refuse would be if they were severely under the influence or drugs or alcohol or abusive to staff."

Currently the centre is Lincolnshire's only emergency night shelter, with accommodation for men and women.

Building of a bigger, 22-bed centre based in Beaumont Fee is due to begin in February.

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