“Enough is enough” - Protest planned in Great Yarmouth after volunteers from a soup kitchen were attacked while feeding the homeless
- Credit: Nick Butcher
A protest is being planned after volunteers from a soup kitchen were attacked in Great Yarmouth.
It comes after youths on bicycles approached the Tribal Trust's minibus kitchen in the Market Place on Friday evening (March 3) at about 7.30pm.
The group was serving food to the homeless at their weekly soup kitchen when there was an altercation after one of their cars was kicked and punched by a youngster on a bike.
Diane Haworth, 43, from Tribal Trust said they asked them what they were doing and then the group of young people started shouting at them and the homeless people, before more turned up on bikes.
MORE: Soup kitchen volunteers attacked in Great YarmouthThe Hopton mum said she was punched in the face and received bruises to her face and her glasses were broken in the attack. A homeless man who intervened was then attacked by three young people.
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Police are currently investigating.
The event is being organised by Tribal Trust, and the Facebook event lists 254 as going with 420 more people expressing they are interested in the event.
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In a post they stated 'We wish to show the powers above that enough is enough and somehow something positive can come out of all this and show the power of spirit within Yarmouth and surrounding areas.
They also stressed that they wanted it to be a peaceful protest, adding: 'We are new old age hippies and detest violence... strength is within the numbers and your support.'
The event is being held outside the Market Gates shopping centre near the old Lloyds bank. They encourage those who attend to bring banners, posters, bright colours.
A funding page has also been set up to pay for food, warm clothing, and toiletries to help
The page was set up on Sunday night (March 5) and has already raised £135 of its £3,000 target.
A cafe in Gorleston has offered sanctuary to the group.
Growlers Cafe said it would help support the group, with a spokesman saying: 'I believe this is excellent community spirit and believe it should be shared with the East Anglican community.'
The Tribal Trust is a group of volunteers who are on hand to help rough sleepers in Great Yarmouth town centre which was set up in January.
The group operate out of a converted mini bus helping the homeless with food, clothing and a space to socialise.