Cruel thugs attack homeless people with a fire extinguisher and a guitar and then post the videos to Instagram as charities demand the account is removed
- Account, called local.nittys, features homeless people being abused the street
- The Instagram page has around 12,300 followers and is set in south Birmingham
- Charity Helping Homeless said it was ‘stunned’ by the footage that has emerged
Charities have condemned an Instagram account which shows homeless and vulnerable people being abused, humiliated and degraded.
The account, called local.nittys, features videos of people on the streets being teased, hurt and in one shocking clip, encouraged to drink a dark yellow fluid from a carton.
The account has around 12,300 followers and is set in south Birmingham but the person or people behind it are unknown.
Helping Homeless, a charity which works alongside Aston University to assess and support rough sleepers in the city, said it was ‘stunned’ by the footage.
Charities have condemned the Instagram account local.nittys, set in south Birmingham, after it featured videos of people of the streets being abused, humiliated and degraded. In one clip a homeless person is sprayed with a fire extinguisher
In another shocking clip a person sat on a bench is hit by a guitar as he tries to protect his face
Dr James Brown from the organisation said: ‘I am shocked and frankly stunned there are people in our community that think this is acceptable behaviour.
‘Homeless people, and rough sleepers in particular, are vulnerable individuals who need safeguarding from this form of sick, attention seeking behaviour.
‘I urge people not to engage with, or watch, this form of ”entertainment”.
‘The people behind it should be ashamed and the 12,000 followers of this account need to take a good look at themselves.’
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Barrie Hodge, from St Basils charity, which tackles youth homelessness, said: ‘Naturally, we are so sad to see this.
‘For people to take advantage of people who are in need in such a manner really shocks us.
‘For the people who have viewed these videos, perhaps even found them funny we would ask them to put themselves in the position of those being mocked.
‘How would you feel if someone treated you like that? If the shoe was on the other foot? We think you would change your opinion rather quickly.’
The Instagram account also feature a videos of a person on the streets being encouraged to drink a dark yellow fluid from a carton
During the shocking video, the person drinks the yellow liquid as the bullies laugh and jeer at him
The bullies continue to tease and torment people on the streets during their online videos
The videos were brought to the attention of BirminghamLive by a prolific YouTuber who monitors abusive Instagram accounts.
He said: ‘I started keeping tabs on the account and realised they posted pretty disgusting videos of abuse and then pulled them down later.
‘I captured the videos and forwarded them to West Midlands Police.
‘I also work on mass reporting to get the posts taken down by Instagram as all the videos violate their guidelines.
‘So far Instagram has failed to remove any of these videos and the account grows on a daily basis, the more followers the more reason to go out and abuse more vulnerable people.’
In one clip, said to have been shot in Kings Heath, a man is show sipping yellow liquid said to be ‘liquor’.
One comment says: ‘U man are savage love it coming what a bunch of saps.’
One follower came to the victim’s aid, saying: ‘You need to show some respect for the homeless instead of standing there recording them doing stuff like this, at least buy him a drink or something, you horrible person.
‘Remember what goes around comes around.’
MailOnline have contacted Instagram for comment.
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