Teen yobs beat homeless man, 55, with his crutches and tear up his tent in 20-minute attack

Igor Gieci, 55, was left with horrific facial injuries following the attack in Blackpool in the early hours of Monday morning.

Igor was jumped by the teen yobs who kicked and punched him in his tent before tearing down his home and attacking him with his own crutches.

As he begged them to stop, the teens also stole his basic Alcatel mobile phone before casually strolling off.

Outraged locals heard about the brutal assault and started an online fundraising page to find Igor a home while he recovers.

The generous appeal has since raised enough to pay for a flat for Igor to live in for six months.

Kind-hearted strangers have also paid for Igor to have a haircut, bought him some prescription glasses and taken him to the pharmacy to pick up his prescriptions.

Homeless campaigner Mark Butcher said the 55-year-old, originally from Slovakia, had been on the streets for two years.

He said: “He has regularly been robbed, spat on and attacked.

"This was a despicable attack on a very vulnerable man. Igor has difficulty walking and walks with a stick.

"This poor guy has been beaten to a pulp by youths and had all of his stuff stolen and his belongings thrown into the sea. It is barbaric what's happened.

"Igor deserves to live in safety and not be abused like this."

He added: “We have been able to secure temporary accommodation for Igor until Friday and then he will move into his flat.

"The generosity of people in Blackpool and beyond has been incredible."

Igor first moved to the UK for work 16 years ago having previously lived in Bradford, Northampton, Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

He’d moved to Blackpool in search of work but found himself unemployed and with nowhere to stay.

Igor had been sleeping in a shelter next to the Metropole hotel on the Promenade in the town centre when he was attacked.

Detective Constable Adam Weaver, from Blackpool CID, said: “This was a brutal and sustained assault on a vulnerable man and I would appeal to any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward and speak to us.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting log number 0635 of October 1, 2018.

It can also be reported anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

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