CAMPAIGNERS are fighting to get a homeless man off the streets after he was brutally attacked with a heavy padlock and chain.
Rob Lynskey was hospitalised following the attack in Doncaster town centre early on Tuesday morning.
Donny Scran Van community hub, which provides food for homeless people in the Yorkshire town, is trying to save Mr Lynskey from returning to the streets after his stay in hospital.
Hub leader Phillip Hartley, who has been visiting Mr Lynskey in hospital, called the attack “very serious.”
Mr Hartley said the blows took a chunk of skin off the rough sleeper’s head.
“If there had been somewhere for Rob to go to, he wouldn’t have been out on the street and he wouldn’t have been there to be attacked,” he said.
“It shouldn’t take a death for that to start happening.
“This is why we need to get the message out — no more deaths on our streets.
“We’re going to do everything we can to make sure that, when he’s released from hospital, he doesn’t go straight back to the streets. That happens far too often.”
Police have opened an investigation into the incident.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Enquiries are continuing after a 32-year-old man was found with a serious head injury on High Street in Doncaster.
“Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote incident number 125 of December 5 2017.”
There are around 70 people sleeping rough at any one night in Doncaster, according to research by local charity M25 Housing and Support Group.