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Rough sleepers being attacked in London

31 May
I just saw this on a forum I visit. Please circulate as widely as possible.
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It has came to our attention that Rough Sleepers are currently being attacked in Central London by a gang of three men on a nightly basis.
We urgently appeal that this information is spread far and wide to those associated with our streets in London.
There have been at least 10 attacks that we are aware of in the last week. In all attacks the rough sleepers were alone and asleep at the time. The severe beatings have lasted a few minutes and the peoples meagre personal possessions: Phones, ID, passports and belongings have also been stolen. Due to the nature of people having to find sleeping spots off the beaten track there have been few witnesses.
The ‘gang’ consists of three white men in their late 20’s – early thirties and appear to be targeting mainly East European homeless Folk. This is significant as the attackers may be aware that those new to the country are less likely to get the authorities involved due to justified mistrust.
Violence sadly is part and parcel of the real everyday risks that exist for those who find themselves homeless. This current organised escalation in violence is a very worrying trend and we need to make our homeless community aware and do whatever we can to prevent these attacks. On one night alone we know of 3 separate attacks carried out by this gang.
For any further information please contact: beatonthestreet@ gmail.com