Video shows homeless man being savagely beaten by teenagers in Truro’s Moorfield car park
A gang of teenagers have been filmed beating a homeless man senseless in a Truro car park.
A sickening video of the attack, reportedly filmed by the passenger of a car, shows five young men and one girl punching and kicking the man by his makeshift bed in the Moorfield multi-storey car park.
In one of several assaults one of the young thugs involved can be seen hitting the victim over the head with a bottle while another lad, who is shirtless, is kicking him and a third lunges at him and punches him repeatedly about the face, head and body.
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The video, which you can watch at the top of this article and makes for uneasy viewing, has been shared widely on social media. It is graphic and may be distressing to watch.
Police and the city’s antisocial behavior officer, Stephen Lennon, are understood to have been made aware of the seemingly unprovoked violence.
CornwallLive reporter Olivier Vergnault went to visit the scene earlier today amid fears the victim has not been seen or heard from since the incident. He was not there and his condition is unknown – but the same bedding as seen in the video and believed to belong to him was.
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Many people who have seen the video in question as it was shared on Facebook have described the attack as sickening.
Truro lifelong resident Paul Caruana posted about it on the Truro … Our City page: “I have just received five videos of five teenagers kicking and beating a homeless man in the car park last night.
“The videos can not be posted on here. However, the anti social behavior officer and the police are involved. These videos make horrific viewing. One female involved. What in the world possesses these youngsters?”
Another poster who saw the video added: “What is wrong with people? This is disgusting.”
Marie Harris added: “This is disgusting. A poor defenseless man. I hope they are punished for this.”
Another poster who did not want to be named added: “I hope the people that did it get in trouble with the police. Awful stuff.”
Vanessa Terry also saw the video as it is doing the rounds on Facebook. She said: “I have just seen the video and it’s the worst thing I have ever seen nearly made me sick. These people need exactly what they have.”
Charlotte Pratt contacted Cornwall Live after seeing the sickening video. She said: “It has come to my attention that an innocent homeless man was beaten up today by a group of teens.
“While naming and shaming is very deserved I feel that as a community we should come together and do something about this to benefit this poor man! It would be great if somehow gather a group of people who would be willing to chip in so we could get this man something he needs like a new blanket and some food that will last a while.
“However I have no idea who this man is and where to find him. I feel that as a community we could all change this into a positive… but without your help I doubt we will be able to find him.”
Tina Barton added: “I hope he is ok. What horrid horrid people those who did that are.”
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said its officers in the city are aware of the video circulating on Facebook and Snapchat and had launched an investigation.
He added: “Truro police are aware of footage that has been circulated on social media in relation to an incident in the city center. We would like to reassure the public that we will be investigating this promptly and robustly to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.
“If anyone has witnessed this incident please contact Truro Police via our 101 telephone system or visit the Devon & Cornwall Police web site and select” live chat “.”