A FESTIVAL to support homeless people in Hereford has been hailed as success by organisers.

The free Here-4-D Homeless festival, which took place in venues across the city yesterday, featured live music, street theatre, poetry and comedy.

Figures from the UK government show 18 people were sleeping rough in Herefordshire last year, an increase of more than 60 per cent on 2017.

That number is significantly lower than the 42 people sleeping rough in 2010.

According to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, more than 50 statutory homelessness applications from eligible households were accepted in 2017-18.

"Good weather and large crowds made this year's Here-4-D festival a massive success," organisers said.

"The event, which took part in four separate venues across the city, showcased not only local talent but international DJs and dance acts, all of whom donated their time to help local homeless charities.

"Music, dance, film and spoken word, as well as a host of children's activities and exhibitions by local artists ensured the people of Hereford were entertained late into the evening with the festival concluding at The Left Bank.

"We would like to thank all volunteers, artists and the people of Hereford for making the day a resounding success."

Dirty Feet Dance CIC and Ethos, a charity who aim to seek out all available help and support for anyone in need, organised the event and said they would give every penny over their budget to chosen charities.

These included St Peter's Winter Shelter, SHYPP and Open Door.