Readers took to social media to react with fury as police made details of an attack on a homeless man public in a witness appeal this morning.
“I cycle past this guy every morning and evening,” The Card Centre wrote on The Gazette’s Facebook page of victim Igor Gieci, 55. “Always gives me a cheery wave from his tent. I wondered why he wasn’t there.”
Jayde Cunliffe added: “Wow how old was the kids as makes you wonder what they was doing out at 2am alone anyway. Hope the man’s OK tho and makes a fast recovery. I’m sure the kids [would have] been picked up on CCTV around the area and can be found and dealt with accordingly by police.”
And Marion Arkison wrote: “I hope these youngsters are caught and punished. They are cowards to attack a vulnerable man. I hope the man is ok after this ordeal.
“There is no respect or any common sense with most of the younger generation. Makes me so angry.”
Kelly-Emma Yare said: “This poor fella is lovely. He is always there and always friendly. How can people be so cruel and vindictive? I hope they are found and punished.”