Published: 00:01, 27 July 2018
Details of a homeless man found dead in a town centre doorway just inches from passers-by are still to be released.
Police cordoned off a large section of Jubilee Square in Maidstone after the body was found in the doorway of the RBS branch on Thursday, July 19.
Officers, ambulance crews and the fire brigade all attended.
Although he had been passed by numerous people walking through the town, the discovery of his body was not reported to police until around 8.45am.
In response to his death, flowers were placed outside the bank, which remained closed until Monday.
One message left with the bouquets read: “Dance with the angels now.”
Mourners took to Facebook to express their sorrow.
“So sad. He was a lovely guy. Rest in peace”and “Will miss him and his lovely smile on the streets”, were among comments.
Amanda Sidwell, from homeless charity Making a Difference to Maidstone (MADM), said the rough sleeper was well known to homeless organisations in the County Town.
“He was a proud man - he didn’t ask for help and he didn’t always want help. I don’t think he ever complained about anything.
“I think the streets had become his home after so many years and due to some of his life choices it kept him on the street,” she said.
“He didn’t ask for help and he didn’t always want help. All the agencies were aware of him.”
“May he now rest in peace, in a better place than the streets.”
The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be completed for the coroner.
Maidstone Winter Shelters volunteer Ronald Hales-Reed remembered how the deceased packed away his own bed at the shelter which was unusual.
“May he now rest in peace, in a better place than the streets" - tribute left to the homeless man
“He was quiet but he was thankful in his own way,” he said.
Maidstone Borough Council held an emergency meeting about the death.