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Attack on homeless man came after youths threaten rough sleeper with a knife and torch his sleeping bag in Preston

The footage, which went viral on social media, shows a group of teenagers threatening the homeless man with a knife - before setting his bedding alight.
The footage, which went viral on social media, shows a group of teenagers threatening the homeless man with a knife - before setting his bedding alight.

Footage of teenagers in Preston threatening a homeless man with a knife and then burning his sleeping bag went viral last week, just days before yesterday's brutal attack on Igor Gieci.

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The footage, which went viral on social media, shows a group of teenagers threatening the homeless man with a knife - before setting his bedding alight.

The footage, which went viral on social media, shows a group of teenagers threatening the homeless man with a knife - before setting his bedding alight.

Police were investigating the video, and arrested several people from the city.

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Officers were also trying to find the man, who was sleeping in the Market Car Park when he was attacked on Saturday, September 8.

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In the disturbing footage, a group of youngsters were seen hurling vile, Yardie-style slurs and threats before cackling with laughter as the elderly rough-sleepers possessions are torched.

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Homeless charity boss Jeff Marsh, of the Foxton Centre, said: “Unfortunately homeless people are vulnerable to attacks in the streets.”