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A chatty Big Issue seller who died alone in a hostel room. A table tennis-playing “teddy bear” who killed himself. At least four people who were homeless in Islington have died over the last 12 months, but no one is recording their deaths.

For most of us, Christmas is about spending time with loved ones and indulging ourselves – but for some, it brings an acute feeling of loneliness.

An Islington music group is handing the mic to talented young homeless people.

In recent months, two women have been sleeping on mattresses under the Stroud Green Road bridge. Loretta Thomas tells their stories – and finds out what barriers are stopping them accessing the help they need.

Arsenal player Francis Coquelin has said the club’s renowned community work in Islington is one of his favourite things about playing for the Gunners.

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