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Court case over acid attack threat to charity trustees is cancelled – because the CPS says it’s too costly

Firebombed: Ms Waugh’s car was firebombed by vandals last July, in what may have been a politically-motivated attack.

A court case against men accused of threatening to break the legs and throw acid in the faces of trustees at a vocal charity helping people in poverty has been halted – because the Crown Prosecution Service says it is too expensive.

Elaine Waugh of Humanity UK (also Humanity Torbay) said the threats, believed to be from far-right activists, were made in May last year; it has taken this long for the case to come to the Crown Court.

The accused were also said to have threatened to firebomb the building.

“These guys pleaded ‘not guilty’ and now the CPS said it would cost too much money for a three-day Crown Court trial – and they’d just get a slapped wrist,” said Ms Waugh.

“Our charity has been broken into and our offices destroyed. They threw bleach – and the police were not interested. They were here for 25 minutes, gave us a crime number and we didn’t hear anything again.

“They took a list of our donors from the Labour Party – and nothing else. Something is going on.”

She told This Site she understood that the people harassing them run a “hate” page on Facebook.

“It’s weird that if we say anything at all [that is objectionable to people on the political right wing], our page gets suspended – but they can say what they like and they aren’t taken down.”

Ms Waugh’s own car was firebombed last July, in an attack that endangered her house and the lives of herself and her family. She said the police told her it was a hate crime against Jews – but she is not Jewish.

“My husband was Jewish, and my two sons,” she said. But if the attack was due to her charity work, she could not see the connection because she is Catholic.

“We’re now on a list for hate crime and minority support and help,” she said. “We then had the Jewish Chronicle getting in touch with me and I had to explain.

“I said it was political.”

Ms Waugh added that she had it on good authority that nearly 500 other UK charities are going through the same abuse.

“We have been told that 465 other charities have been victimised. It has been outrageous,” she said.

Ms Waugh said the charity had lost its chief source of funding after a video she made, criticising the Conservative government, was seen more than six million times during the general election campaign.

It costs only £1,400 per month to run, and the service it provides is vital to poverty-stricken and homeless people.

If you can help, please donate to the organisation’s Go Fund Me site.

Larger organisations willing to provide more substantial and long-lasting sponsorship may contact Ms Waugh via the charity’s Facebook page.

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Tory Torbay Council steals coats meant for homeless people – and gives them to charity shop

It’s easy to forget sometimes, in the midst of media-whipped furore over Labour anti-Semitism or Brexit or whatever, how cruel the Conservatives really are.

But there’s always an example of Tory barbarity at hand to bring the reality back to us.

For example:

“A charity says it’s ‘outraged’ after coats left out for the homeless were removed by the council and given to a charity shop.

“Hundreds have been left on the railings of Torquay Town Hall in the past few weeks.

“It was part of a national initiative to help those struggling locally and highlight the issue of rough sleeping.”

Did you register that? It was part of a national initiative to highlight the issue of homeless people who sleep rough.

The charity taking part in that initiative was Humanity Torbay; that organisation is a friend of This Site and we all know we can trust the word of chief executive Ellie Waugh – so here she is, to explain what happened in her own words:

Here’s an image of the notice:

As we have already established that there hadn’t been any rain, it seems the council has been caught in a… contradiction, shall we say?

It is possible there was another such… contradiction in the official word from the council’s spokesperson, who said: “A number of coats had been left on the Town Hall railings over a two week period and we were concerned that they would become wet and unusable, particularly as there had been rain.

“A member of staff handed the coats to MASH, which kindly agreed to keep the clothing dry and hand out to the homeless free of charge.”

Can anybody confirm that this is what has actually happened?

The next part is nauseating:

“We’d like to thank members of the public for their donations and we would encourage anyone who wants to make donations in the future to give clothing directly to charities who offer support to the homeless.”

That is exactly what happened – before Torbay Council took it upon its corporate self to steal those coats and give them to someone else.


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Tory Torbay Council excludes charity from homelessness count – for speaking out on Universal Credit?

Remember Humanity Torbay – the charity for homeless and vulnerable people whose boss Ellie Waugh spoke out about the harm and hardship being wrought upon the people of her area by the implementation of the Tories’ cruel and misnamed Universal Credit?

If not, have a quick read of This Site’s previous article on the subject.

Now it seems Conservative-run Torbay Council has cut the charity out of an annual count of homeless people in the area, in spite-fuelled revenge for Ms Waugh’s exposure of the Universal Credit fiasco.

Don’t take my word for it, here’s Ms Waugh herself:

What an excuse for a government!

This organisation is doing hugely valuable work showing the real effect of government policy on the people of the UK. In a sane country, the government would be falling over itself with gratitude.

But the Tories are falling over themselves to penalise Humanity Torbay.

The reason is clear: They don’t want anybody to know that their policies are causing homelessness to proliferate. They want us to think the situation is fine. And they will attack anyone who says otherwise.

Twisted.

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