A homeless woman could have “frozen to death” after a “vile excuse for a human” allegedly poured a bucket of water on her in freezing temperatures.
A local volunteer group said helpers could “hear her shivering and her teeth chattering” while she tried to sleep behind a shop in Northampton town centre over the weekend.
“Underneath this bedding is a very poorly and very cold young lady,” Northants Street Angels wrote on their Facebook page alongside an image of the scene.
The woman had her wet bedding and clothes exchanged for dry ones by volunteers, who also paid for her to stay in a hotel while she recovered.
“Some vile excuse of a human decided to pour a bucket of cold water all over her,” the Facebook post said. “As we worked in the cold tonight we could literally hear her shivering and her teeth chattering in the freezing temperatures out there. How could anyone do such an abhorrent thing?!”
The message was shared thousands of times by concerned well-wishers, who branded the incident “heartless” and “sick”.
A fundraising page set up by Northants Street Angels has raised more than £800 for the woman, known only as Angel, to stay in a hotel for a “few extra nights”.
“We are totally disgusted by acts like this, but especially when it’s winter time and is going to be -3 tonight,” a volunteer wrote. “This young lady could well have frozen to death if we hadn’t of helped her, and is clearly not very well with a very bad chesty cough.
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“We wish we could of done more for her and I personally found it very hard to walk away and leave her there. Is this really what we have come to Northampton?! Is this how we now treat people who already have nothing and no one?!”
Northamptonshire Police said the incident had not been reported to them.