Sad­ness at death of well-known rough sleeper Va­lerie

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

Trib­utes have poured in for one of Peter­bor­ough’s most colour­ful char­ac­ters who was found dead in a city car park.

Va­lerie Collins was found dead in the car park in St Peter’s Road be­hind Peter­bor­ough Town Hall on Mon­day morn­ing.

Va­lerie, who slept rough, was a well known face in the city hav­ing set up a dis­play of plants in the en­trance of shops in Bridge Street.

The mother of two spent months liv­ing out of bins with her sleep­ing bag, pot plants and pram all squeezed into her small liv­ing space.

Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil leader Cllr John Holdich said: “I will miss Va­lerie, we had a chat most days, al­ways proud, clean and look­ing her best, she chose to sleep rough and had done for over 20 years. RIP.”

Flow­ers, can­dles, cards and pic­tures have been placed by mem­bers of the pub­lic at the lo­ca­tion where Va­lerie was found.

One trib­ute read: “To a very spe­cial lady who changed my life in so many ways and who made my job worth do­ing. You will be sadly missed, rest in peace. Pauline”

Jor­jie Niko­laki added: “R.I.P.Va­lerie, I will miss you in the morn­ings sit­ting at Greggs drink­ing cof­fee and me of­fer­ing you bis­cuits when i was go­ing to work.Lovely lady beau­ti­ful”

A spokesman for the East of Eng­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice said: “We were called just af­ter 7am to­day to a re­port of a woman who was not breath­ing.

“Sadly the pa­tient died at the scene.”

The cause of death has not been re­leased as yet, but Cam­bridgeshire po­lice said there were no sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the death and the case has been passed to the coro­ner.

Va­lerie Collins, who died in a Peter­bor­ough car park this week

Flo­ral trib­utes left for Va­lerie.

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