A council has activated its Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) for those sleeping rough or at risk of homelessness.

With Suffolk braced for a cold snap as temperatures plummet, East Suffolk Council has today (Wednesday) activated the SWEP as part of efforts to help support vulnerable people sleeping rough.

A council spokesman said: "The SWEP will be in place until the end of the week and enables anyone sleeping rough in East Suffolk to access emergency accommodation and support during bouts of exceptionally cold weather."

If you suspect someone is sleeping rough, the quickest way to report it to the council’s rough sleeper service is by using Streetlink online.

The council spokesman added: "Staff will receive an alert, speak to the person if they haven’t already, and try to get them the help they need."

Alternatively, you can also email housing.needs@eastsuffolk.gov.uk or via roughsleepercoordinator@eastsuffolk.gov.uk