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Mystery beating

May 20 2009
Were two rough sleepers assaulted near the Strand? Rumours have been circulating of two rough sleepers being severely beaten with a piece of wood near the Strand in the week ending 12th January, near Southwark Bridge, in the centre of the capital. Although the details are vague, sources claim that one man was badly cut and bruised, and received stitches for a head wound. The reports also claim that a second man remained in an unknown London hospital for a week and the perpetrator had been arrested. Inspector Malcolm Barnard, of the homeless unit in Charing Cross police station, has asked colleagues for further details: "I have spoken with senior officers in CID and officers on the Safer Neighbourhood teams, and I cannot find any account of such an incident involving rough sleepers," he said. "I am keen to establish whether such an incident occurred, but without a date or details of the individuals involved, it is impossible to verify."