Police are desperately looking for a group of teenagers after they allegedly set fire to a homeless man, who is also living with the onset of dementia, in Northampton, it has been reported.
The 47-year-old rough sleeper had reportedly bedded down for the night in a bus shelter when the callous yobs set on the defenseless victim, who was asleep and completely unaware of their presence.
Their victim, who we have chosen not to name, is said to have only survived the brutal assault because a friend noticed his sleeping bag had been set alight.
His niece, Bianca Todd, was driving past the scene when she saw a group of people standing over him, noticed flames coming from his sleeping bag and immediately rushed to his aid.
She reportedly claims that another rough sleeper told her that a group of teenagers had carried out the assault, but this is yet to be officially confirmed by police.
“I went to go and put it out but he was fast asleep, he didn’t realise he was on fire”, she told the Northampton Chronicle. “If his friend hadn’t have spotted him, he would be dead.”
She claims to have confronted a group of teenage boys aged between 14 and 16 who she believed to be responsible.
Luckily the man managed to escape any significant injuries because of the multiple layers of clothing her was wearing, without which he could have suffered severe burns.
A police spokesperson said they were called to reports of on incident on Wednesday, of a rough sleeper’s “sleeping bag being set alight” and are currently looking into the incident. They added: “We’re investigating and if anyone has any info they should call us on 101″.
Ms Todd has set up a crowdfunding page to help raise money to get her uncle off the streets “before it’s too late”.