Tributes are left after the death of a homeless person in Leeds

The tragic stories behind the ten homeless people who died in Leeds recently

Nine men and women thought to be homeless have tragically died in Leeds since October 2017.

These are their stories based on research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. You can help by donating to Simon on the Streets, a charity working with homeless people in Leeds. See simononthestreets.co.uk for more information.

Fiona was found dead in the Dark Arches in January 2017. She had been sleeping rough and struggled with drug abuse for many years. At an inquest into her death coroner said the circumstances of her death were "astonishingly sad".

5. Fiona Watson, 56

Fiona was found dead in the Dark Arches in January 2017. She had been sleeping rough and struggled with drug abuse for many years. At an inquest into her death coroner said the circumstances of her death were "astonishingly sad".
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Ryan had been working as a sales assistant and living in a hostel for vulnerable homeless men on Meanwood Road in Leeds where he was found dead in April 2018. He had been due to be recalled to prison that day.

6. Ryan Thomas McGurgan, 33

Ryan had been working as a sales assistant and living in a hostel for vulnerable homeless men on Meanwood Road in Leeds where he was found dead in April 2018. He had been due to be recalled to prison that day.
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Jason had been living on the streets for around 30 years when he was found dead in the Dark Arches in July. He was known as JJ and was popular among the homeless community and was known for his generosity.

7. Jason Wager, 52

Jason had been living on the streets for around 30 years when he was found dead in the Dark Arches in July. He was known as JJ and was popular among the homeless community and was known for his generosity.
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Jeffrey's body was found in a tent in Leeds city centre by a good Samaritan handing out sandwiches. He died after struggling with drug and alcohol problems for many years and a coroner ruled an open verdict.

8. Jeffrey John Hepburn, 54

Jeffrey's body was found in a tent in Leeds city centre by a good Samaritan handing out sandwiches. He died after struggling with drug and alcohol problems for many years and a coroner ruled an open verdict.
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