Friends and supporters brave the cold to remember Daniel
Monday 23rd January 2017 @ 19:08 by Nigel P.
Ashton Community Denton & Audenshaw News


Daniel smith remembered by friends who gathered close to the spot where he was killed last year.

A few friends and supporters gathered on a bitterly cold Friday evening last week to honour the memory of tragic Ashton man 23-year-old Daniel Smith who was murdered last year.

The group consisting of friends of Daniel’s and members of the Street Support Salford Group who help homeless and rough sleepers in Salford and Manchester, met at New Bailey Street, Salford at 7pm.close to the railway arches, near to where Daniel met his death at the hands of  two drug fuelled killers.

The men Luke Benson, originally from Sale and Adam Acton, from Denton, both 25, were said to be high on the designer drug Spice when they carried out the killing, they were sentenced to 21 and 22 years imprisonment in August last year.

All three were living in an encampment underneath the railway arches.

Street Support Salford organiser Angela Barrat who organised the vigil remembered Daniel as “A normal lad who liked Manchester United, hanging out with his friends and having a drink at Week-ends.

“Just an ordinary kid who had his life in front of him, which was sadly taken away because he was homeless.

“As a  mother myself I blame the people who had a duty of care for these young homeless people, not one should be living on the streets ~neither mind Victorian arches.

She added: “We have returned to  dark age Britain.”

There was also a short service given by Out reach Ministry’s Pastor Harley who also remembered other young homeless people who died  in the past 2 years and all other homeless people that have died while sleeping rough across Britain’s cities

Angela was scathing of the system which she says denies young people without Identification the right to benefits.

She claims that up to 90 % of young homeless people find themselves without proper  identity credentials and therefore are not eligible to claim benefits.