Homeless man has coffee thrown over him and is then ‘told to move on by police’

A homeless man has said he 'just wants to be off the streets' after cup of coffee was thrown over him as he sat in Liverpool city centre.

The man, identified only as John, was speaking to a reporter from the Liverpool Echo newspaper at 2pm today, when a passer-by threw a cup of coffee at him, as he sat outside a River Island store, drenching his belongings.

The 40-year-old was attacked as he held a sign which reads 'Hi I'm John, homeless and looking for work'.

It is believed that following the incident John was approached by a Merseyside Police officer who moved him on.

He has now told how he is "sick of the way he is treated".

John, a plasterer with 25 years experience, told the Liverpool Echo: "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."


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John 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 said in October, how his life spiralled out of control after he lost part of his finger in an accident, and was unable to work.

After being unable to work he and his partner were evicted by their landlord and has since been sleeping in a tent on the streets.


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John, who holds a sign that reads he 'does not take drugs', told how he has struggled with substance addiction in the past, but now just wants a job.

He said: "I'm an ex user, I was a drug addict for 15 years and I beat it.

"I won't sit here any longer, you get people that sit here making money for drugs or whatever they do all day.

"But as soon as I get enough money, I go to a bed and breakfast and pay for a room for the night."

Over the Christmas period John said a kind Scouser bought him a mobile phone which the ex-plasterer uses to stay in touch with his 10-year-old son that he longs to be reunited with.

River Island security guard, William Smith, who helped John after the incident today, often charges the phone for him and gets him a cup of coffee of a morning.

William said: "It's sad, he's a good lad."

Merseyside Police has been contacted by Mirror Online for comment.

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