Homeless protester says he was attacked in his tent by five men overnight

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Homeless protester says he was attacked in his tent by five men overnight

One of the homeless men who protested outside Maidenhead Town Hall says he was beaten up in his tent last night.

Jason Veradaguer said he was attacked by five men in the middle of the night while he slept in his tent. He added that they threatened to burn down their tents.

"They said there were no homeless in Maidenhead, we were tramps and they'll burn our tents," said Jason.

He has suffered facial injuries and also said he was kicked in the ribs and  his neck was stamped on.

Jason has been camped out with five friends who are also homeless in Bridge Gardens next to the Maidenhead Bridge for the last week.

He is part of the Born SL6 protest group who camped outside of Maidenhead Town Hall calling for housing provision. They were evicted last month at a cost of nearly £12,000.

Michael Madden, who has been sleeping rough for two months, was sleeping in the tent behind Jason's when the attack happened. He is shaken by the events.

Michael said: "We're going to stay here and stand our ground.

"I'm really worried about Jason."

Jason was taken to hospital this afternoon.

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