Homeless man who has cup of coffee thrown over him pleads 'I just want off the streets'

"It's killing me being out here, I don't want to be out here"


John was speaking to an ECHO reporter today, when a passerby threw a cup of coffee at him, as he sat outside River Island, on Church Street.


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A homeless man who had a cup of coffee thrown over him said it is "killing him" being on the streets.

John was speaking to an ECHO reporter today, when a passerby threw a cup of coffee at him, as he sat outside River Island, on Church Street.


The man, who is a trained plasterer with 25 years experience, said he is "sick of the way he is treated", after the shocking incident, which happened at around 2pm.


He said: "It's killing me being out here, I don't want to be out here.

"You just get tarred with the same brush as all the junkies."


John was outside the store, holding a sign which reads 'Hi I'm John, homeless and looking for work' when the coffee was thrown at him soaking his belongings and the spot where he was sat.


The 40-year-old said he often sits in that particular spot, on the high street, as there is an open doorway to the side - which provides him some shelter from the weather.

However, after the vile incident, he asked a security guard, who was stood at the doors of River Island, if he could move closer to the entrance for safety.

He said this incident is just one of a number of difficult times he has had, during his seven months on the streets.

The dad-of-one previously told the ECHO, in October, how his life spiralled out of control after he lost part of his finger in an accident, and was unable to work.


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