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Homeless man "devastated" after yob urinates on sleeping bag left in the doorway

A homeless man was destroyed when he discovered that someone had urinated on his sleeping bag and all his belongings he had left in a shop door.

People living in Christchurch, Dorset, have condemned the disgusting action of Zoe Haine, who runs a local mushroom cookie for down-and-outs, saying the man was "devastated" and close to tears.

The man, who does not want to be named, returned to his lazy possessions on the sidewalk of the door of ShoeZone to find someone who had intentionally been urinated over them and the sleeping bags and the clothes were blew through and destroyed.

Zoe, who helps to drive Christchurch Soup Kitchen and who knows him, said, "It's not an exaggeration to say he was ruined.

"He thinks there was someone who may have been in a pub and feels it must have been intentional because it is obvious what the belongings were and where they belonged to someone."

She said that he is already sleeping in more hidden places because he is nervous about attacks and now considered returning to a less visible position.

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"There seems to have been someone who is not in the situation that did not like anything about what they did and I think it's a very sad attitude.

"I do not know that everyone is in agreement with people who sleep and some people think they should move, but is that what we want to see?

"Is this how we want to show our children how to behave? It's so upsetting to see."

She said it was not an isolated event and that coarse swallows had even been physically attacked and abused.

"A minority in society seems to think they are fair play. What happened to him is de-humanising.

"Some people think that every street sleeper is a drug addict or an alcoholic.

"It's a very narrow attitude to rough sleepers, not just in Christchurch but wherever you go."

As a result, many homeless people avoid living in busy areas of society.

"It's a vulnerable place to be on high street – they are a very easy goal.

"They do not want to open up because their belongings become stolen or something like that.

"It can really be very uncomfortable for some of them."

The man had set himself up for high street in the doorway to a ShoeZone store

A 2016 study conducted by the homeless organization Crisis revealed that one in ten coarse sleepers had experienced urination during their time in the streets.

Their investigation also showed that coarse sleepers were 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence, and 15 times more likely to be affected by verbal abuse than the public.

The government recently awarded the Bournemouth Council £ 387,000 to address the issue of coarse sleep.

Bournemouth MP Conor Burns said that "the best way to deal with the problem of difficult sleepers is to find ways to help them move away from the streets."

"Although I welcome the government's efforts, I realize that the financial support will not even break the cycle. In the event of significant progress, it is imperative that we change how we respond."

A homeless man in Liverpool center (stock photo)

On October 5, he launched Bournemouth Sleep Support, a network of twenty-two organizations in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch, providing long-term help to coarse sleepers.

"I monitor its progress and arrange regular meetings. I really think it will make a difference."

The vagrant's possessions have now been replaced by desires, with many slums yobet as "shameful" and "humiliating" to social media.

Zoe Haine added, "We know that people who do things like this are in a minority and we are always offered help."

Her soup kitchen offers a "wash and change" for homeless sleeping bags and they are always keen to receive gifts of new sleeping bags, plus single tents and smaller men's clothes.

"For understandable reasons, most of the people we help are small and often underweight," she said.

"We are always looking for new or almost new small pants or smaller shirts, T-shirts and rocks."

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