Please can someone help this girl who is sleeping in a bin

No one should ever have to live like this in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. 

In 2013, Chris Skidmore, a Conservative MP, claimed that the impact of austerity and public service cuts wasn’t bad because people have not been left “lying dead in the streets”. He made the remarks at the Conservative conference during a meeting of the Thatcherite Free Enterprise Group.

He defended the comments at the time, and said: “The point I was making was that when we were making cuts, people suggested they were so bad that people would be lying dead in the streets. That has clearly not happened.

“With the economy recovering it is not the picture of doom that was predicted.”

People ARE dying because of austerity. And more than 500 homeless people have died in the last 12 months in the UK

Labour MP Lisa Nandy responded to Skidmore’s comments, saying that they exposed the Conservative’s callous attitude to people hit hard by their austerity measures.

She added: “It’s a pretty extreme measure by which to assess the impact of cuts. Hundreds of thousands have been hit by the bedroom tax and a million youngsters are out of work.

“People will be shocked to hear the dismissive way Tories treat suffering.”

The denial, strategic narrating and editing of people’s accounts of their experiences of austerity by this disgraceful government must end. There is no use for a government that simply uses techniques of neutralisation and calls those raising legitimate concerns ‘scaremongers’ to divert us from the fact that their policies are inflicting great distress, harm and premature death on some targeted groups, and to stifle valid criticism.

What is the point of a government that does not ensure that citizens in the UK have the means of meeting their most basic survival needs, in the sixth wealthiest nation in the world, while handing out public funds it has taken from the public to millionaires and rogue private companies? 

It’s time for positive change. In fact for many of us, change is essential if we are to survive. 

Earlier this year, a homeless man died from horrific injuries after sleeping in a bin in Rochester, Kent. He was wrapped in a roll of carpet to keep warm, when the bin was emptied. Russell Lane did not wake up and was hidden from view under the carpet. This tragic incident is a further reminder of the risks associated with sleeping in bins – both in cases involving homeless individuals, or those on a night out. Hypothermia may make homeless people drowsy and they may experience difficulty with their level of alertness and with waking up.

Large padded bins are a sheltered location to sleep, but those sleeping in them are often hard to detect and are at risk of serious injury or death both from falls into collection vehicles and the deadly compressing machinery within them. Imagine how awful it must be having to choose between dying of hypothermia and exposure or taking a risk and bedding down in a bin.

Just before Christmas last year twenty-eight-year-old Jay McLaren was found dead at a recycling plant after sleeping in a bin following a night out in Sunderland town centre, while last July there was a large-scale search for the body of RAF gunner Corrie McKeague who, it is believed, fell asleep in a bin in Bury St Edmunds before being unknowingly taken to landfill for incineration.

As a so-called civilised society, we mustn’t look the other way. In cold weather, the plight of people who have no shelter is especially harsh, and many passersby may struggle to know what to do. But here are small things we can each do to make a difference, and reduce the dangers of freezing weather for homeless citizens. For example:

  • We could stop, smile and buy someone a warm drink, or provide some warm food.
  • We could set up places were people can take their old coats and blankets, socks, hats, gloves, scarves – and then distribute those to people sleeping rough. Or even set up a point in each town so that homeless people know where to go for warm clothes that have been donated.
  • We can also contact Streetlink. (Click) When a rough sleeper is reported via the Streetlink app, or by phone – telephone number 0300-500 0914. The details  you provide are sent to the local authority concerned, so they can help connect the person to local services and support. You will also receive an update on what action was taken so you’ll know if the situation was resolved. StreetLink aims to offer the public a means to act when they see someone sleeping rough, and is the first step someone can take to ensure rough sleepers are connected to the local services and support available to them.

Please help this poor girl.

The young woman was found in the recycling wheelie bin could have been crushed to death had she had not been found and filmed by a refuse collector. He bought her a meal. However, no one seems to know where she is now.

People are starving destitute and dying on the streets because of draconian Conservative policies that were designed to cruelly punish the poorest citizens.

It’s time that people in the UK stopped looking the other way.


I would like to help, but I live at the other end of the country, and would struggle to travel down to London at the moment, as I am very unwell with a lupus flare. I have to get to the hospital in Newcastle on Monday (Christmas eve) for an emergency appointment with my specialist for some additional treatment – it’s usually a high dose shot of steroids. So I can’t travel at the moment.


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9 thoughts on “Please can someone help this girl who is sleeping in a bin

  1. get well soon kitty and thanks for your work. have as good a christmas as possible.
    i’m pretty sure i read that someone has already been killed in the way that this young girl may have been. we need a labour government and we need it now. we must all of us do what we can to bring this about. certain things are happening to me at the moment which have made me highly empathetic to rough sleepers. i can see this young girls logic. she figured on waking in time if the bin was moved. but she might not have. deeply disturbing.

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  2. I don’t live in the U.K. but fairly frequently visit relatives in London. It’s impossible to avoid knowing that there is significant destitution and homelessness, you walk past individuals bundled up under flimsy blankets, sleeping bags or duvets, or under makeshift shelters of bits of salvaged plastic. I was there last winter, in freezing sleet still the desperate were huddled against hoardings or in doorways. More than any other issue this has politicised me, and made me ashamed of my country. When you speak with any of these people you know that there is no difference between them and us, save for a dose of worse luck. The self congratulatory narrative that those we’ve outcast have brought this on themselves is deeply offensive to anyone with normal human reactions. There are empty buildings. Use them. Now.

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  3. This is one heart-breaking story among thousands which are being deliberately caused by the Nasty Party’s heartless, vindictive and cruel policies. I sincerely hope that one day they are held to account for their crimes – I mean in the criminal courts and not just the ballot box.

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  4. The way I see it is: if you didn’t vote Brexit, you’re obviously a racist! If you care about homelessness you’re obviously a Nazi! And if you think an affluent society shouldn’t support the poorest and most vulnerable, you’re obviously a sane and well-adjusted, compassionate human being!


    1. Yes, indifference to others has become the norm. The ultimate ‘I’m alright Jack’ society. Thing is, political abuse never stays confined to just one group. It gathers momentum. In Nazi Germany, for example, the groups who were persecuted and killed increased over time. Disabled people, those with mental health problems, Jewish people, Roma people, socialists, communists anarchists, gay people, poor people. Soldiers with PTSD. Once you start defining ‘others’, the process snowballs. Our human rights frameworks are built on the foundation of universality: it must never become normal to hold prejudice towards fellow human beings, or discriminate against them. That foundation was a lesson learned from the atrocities of WW2. It was based on studies of how prejudice grows in societies, how it becomes normalised and how it leads to genocide, immense cruelty and suffering.

      It’s a lesson we seem to have forgotten.


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