Homeless man left with burn injuries after tent set on fire

Thursday, December 13, 2018

A homeless man has been left with burn injuries after his tent was set on fire in a busy shopping area in Cardiff.

South Wales Police are investigating the incident, which resulted in the man - who has not been named - going to hospital for treatment for a hand injury.

A spokesperson for South Wales Police said: "At around 1.30pm on Monday, officers on patrol in Cardiff city centre received information about criminal damage to a tent in Queen Street.

"One man suffered a minor hand injury, which required hospital treatment, and inquiries are being made to identify the person responsible."



Cardiff Council said its homelessness outreach team had taken the man to hospital and encouraged him to access shelter and hostel accomodation in the city.

Commenting on the incident, Matt Downie, director of policy and external affairs at homelessness charity Crisis said: "Rough sleepers are 17 times more likely to be victims of violence and 15 times more likely to suffer abuse.

"It's vital that the victims of these disproportionately frequent attacks feel able to approach the authorities for support. But ultimately, they must also be given the dedicated help they need to leave the streets behind for good."