A HOMELESS person has died in the city, sparking an investigation into the case.

Worcester City Council revealed the individual died in the city after falling ill and being taken to hospital, however it would not reveal when this took place.

Worcestershire’s Safeguarding Adults Board will look into the fatality, alongside the death of two rough sleepers in Malvern, as part of an official review.

The Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) will attempt to understand the issues surrounding the cases and will also consider the city council’s report into the death of Worcester rough sleeper Cardon Banfield.

Derek Benson, chair of Worcestershire’s Safeguarding Adults Board, said: “We can confirm that the Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board has agreed to commission a thematic SAR into the recent deaths of rough sleepers in Worcestershire. We will update on the progress of these in due course.”

A city council spokesman said: “Worcester City Council has submitted to the Safeguarding Adults Board a referral for a SAR to be carried out in relation to a homeless person who was taken ill in Worcester and subsequently died in hospital. We have been informed that a SAR is going ahead.”

Hugo Sugg, a homelessness campaigner, said he was ‘over the moon’ that the investigation would take into account Mr Banfield’s death.

He said: “For two-and-a-half years I have been pushing for a review into Cardon’s death and finally it looks like this may be starting to happen, even if it’s a consideration of the facts.”

Mr Sugg, who started his campaigning after Mr Banfield’s death in 2016, added that while his fight for justice was not over - the SAR was a step in the right direction.

Remi Boczarski died in Malvern on October 30, while Joby Sparrey was found dead in the town on Christmas Day.

Malvern Hills District Council pledged to take action to tackle homelessness in the town, following the deaths.