Group of thugs launch 'distressing' attack on homeless man while he slept in Gosport
POLICE are investigating claims ‘a group of men’ attacked a homeless man while he was in his sleeping bag last night.
The ‘distressing’ attack took place at 11.20pm on Saturday, in South Street, by the Gosport Ferry Terminal.
One man who witnessed the attack told The News described it as ‘appalling’ and said the gang of yobs trashed the victim’s belongings.
‘A group of around six teens on bikes rode off of the Gosport ferry around 11pm,’ the man who witnessed the attack, who had been walking with his partner nearby.
‘Shortly after we could hear shouting and items being violently smashed up.
‘The group of teens were attacking a homeless man who was in his sleeping bag by a wall that had “love” sprayed on it.
‘I went over with my girlfriend. She was quite distraught as we approached. The teens had gone but left the guy’s belongings completely destroyed and his bike trashed.
‘He told us that he had been kicked about in his sleeping bag. It was very distressing to see.’
The man added: ‘We took the guy over to the kebab shop and got him a chicken doner as he was hungry but it won’t repair his belongings sadly. Shame on those responsible. No words to describe them.’
In a statement, Hampshire police said: ‘We were called at 11.20pm on Saturday, April 10, to a report that a man in his 30s had been assaulted by a group of men. He was not harmed.
‘The incident is currently under investigation and officers are following all lines of enquiry available to them at this time.’
Those with information about the attack are urged to contact police on 101.