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New Aberdeen rough sleeping team 'having encouraging results'

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A homeless charity has said a new team set up to support vulnerable people forced to sleep rough or beg on Aberdeen's streets is having encouraging results.

Aberdeen Cyrenians has deployed so-called Assertive Outreach Workers.

They provide practical support and ways of securing accommodation for those without a home.

The project will also examine the reasons for street begging and map out the issue in the city.

Chief executive Mike Burns told BBC Scotland: "The team takes sleeping bags, flasks, expertise and humanity.

"The thing about rough sleeping is we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg.

"It's a bigger problem than we see in a doorway."

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