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'downright cruelty' Homeless man in distress after heartless thugs set fire to sleeping bag

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Charity worker helps a homeless man in Navan

Charity worker helps a homeless man in Navan

Charity worker helps a homeless man in Navan

Gardai are investigating after heartless thugs deliberately set fire to a sleeping bag and bedding belonging to a homeless man last Saturday night.

They also torched new clothes and shoes that outreach workers had provided for him.

The incident happened after an open air drinking session in the Johnstown estate near Navan in Co Meath, and left the man who is described as being "very vulnerable" in an extremely distressed state.

Local Independent councillor Alan Lawes, who operates a food and clothing run for homeless people in the town, told SundayWorld.com: "I really cannot understand the mentality and downright cruelty of some people.

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"On what was a bitterly cold Saturday night here in Navan a homeless mans few possessions were set alight by mindless idiots, and that's been kind to them.

"The man in question is very vulnerable and what happened was a despicable act."

Sources revealed: "The man would have been in no position to defend himself against anyone never mind a gang determined to do damage, he was just a very easy target for them.

"It was a gang of young fellas who were drinking through the night and thought it would be funny to set this guys stuff ablaze, they didn't give one minutes thought to the fact the poor man was relying on that clothing to get at least a little bit of warmth.

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"He could have frozen to death and those sub human thugs thought what they done was a great laugh."

Investigations are ongoing.

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