Homeless people in Liverpool have reminded the city “we’re human too” after a rough sleeper was brutally kicked in the face.
The violent attack took place outside the Tesco on Dale Street, in Liverpool city centre on Wednesday evening, reports the Liverpool Echo. Footage of the incident was shared online which showed a group of men gathered around the victim as he slept on the floor. The homeless man is sat on the pavement in a sleeping bag, outside a Tesco store on Dale Street.
The yob responsible is talking to the man as he sits defenceless with his arms tucked inside the sleeping bag, at one point gesticulating angrily in his face. The lout momentarily looks away and then turns back and delivers a vicious kick straight to the face of the homeless man. The gang-of-three then cycle away. After the footage was shared widely online, thousands of ECHO readers commented their disgust and anger over the attack. Merseyside Police also condemned the behaviour and issued a statement about the man’s condition.
But now a fellow rough sleeper has also weighed in on the incident, saying he wasn’t surprised and they are often treated as “less than human”. The man, known as Mark, told the Echo: “I heard about it today and to be honest, I’m not surprised. We are often treated as less than human because of our circumstances but people need to remember, we’re human too.”
Mark said that 99% of the people in Liverpool are good but some can’t even show the homeless people here “basic decency”. He added: “I have been homeless in a few cities and Liverpool is by far, the most welcoming, warmest and kindhearted city I have ever experienced, but there are always a few who ruin it for the others. I can sit here all day and I don’t think ill of anyone, the people who pass me have their own struggles too. I treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve, that’s all we ask for in return.”
On Thursday, Merseyside Police tweeted: “The victim has been located safe and well, but enquiries remain ongoing to identify the people who are present in the video.” Commenting about the incident on Facebook, Sarah Campbell said: “Disgusting. The people I’ve met outside there have always been so nice and polite and not looking for trouble. They are human beings who deserve better. Hope this sorry excuse for a human gets caught.”
Sue Pilkington also said: “Just no need. Things could change in a heartbeat and he could be in that unfortunate situation. You should always be nice to people. It costs nothing and can mean a lot.” Dawn Louise added: “I saw this earlier and I nearly vomited, made me so upset. I am absolutely disgusted. I hope the nasty piece of work gets identified. This is no way to behave. The poor man had his hands in his blanket so couldn’t even cover is face. Cowards. Sickened.”
Anyone with information regarding the incident should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.