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Post-mortem tests indicate Giles Metcalfe died as a result of the effects of a fire [Kent Police].

It’s a particularly vile crime: Attacking people who are sleeping rough, simply because they have been unable to keep a roof over their heads and are therefore vulnerable.

In extreme situations, the victims can suffer terrible injuries or – as in this tragic instance – death.

But This Writer didn’t want to draw attention to the case of Giles Metcalfe solely because of its own sad circumstances.

I wanted to remind you that, thanks to Conservative government policies, the number of people sleeping rough has increased exponentially.

Also thanks to Tory policies, the number of police has decreased massively.

This means the sorry excuses for humanity who get a kick out of humiliating the vulnerable, helpless and defenceless may be looking forward to a Winter of Malcontent, in which they can burn the homeless just as much as they like and be able to get away with it.

Police forces have already said cuts in staff forced on them by Theresa May and her stooges mean they will have to prioritise the crimes they investigate. One wonders how much priority they will give to injuries inflicted on people who are homeless and therefore, by definition, have nobody who cares about them.

Or do they?

I think the crime committed on Giles Metcalfe is a stain on our national character.

It shows up the British as uncaring, compassionless, cruel and sadistic – out for a quick thrill at the expense of people who cannot fight back.

If you hate to consider that such a description could be applied to you, then you need to do something about it.

So let’s find a way to get those homeless people off the streets and out of harm’s way. Nobody should be sleeping rough in the sixth- (or is it fifth-?) richest country in the world.

There are mechanisms for finding accommodation for these people – let’s make sure they’re being used properly.

Or would you rather just let people burn? There is a historical precedent for it, after all.

A man who had separated from his wife was doused in barbecue fluid and burnt to death in a town centre car park, a murder trial has heard.

Giles Metcalfe, 43, died from burns and smoke inhalation in Tunbridge Wells in the early hours of 7 March.

Source: Rough sleeper ‘set on fire and murdered’ in Tunbridge Wells – BBC News

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