Homeless charity's plea after vandals 'attack' soup kitchen

The incident caused a delay in opening the facility to the public.

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A charity that helps homeless people has launched a fundraiser after its soup kitchen in Glasgow was targeted by vandals.

Homeless Project Scotland, who support people across the country, said the incident took place as they were setting up at their soup kitchen on Argyle Street.

The incident took place on Tuesday evening, the charity said, when a group of young people walked past.

They then smashed four table screens, costing around £200 each, with the soup kitchen also delayed from opening for half an hour.

It meant that around 100 people had to wait an extra 30 minutes to get their food, the charity said.

A 16-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the incident, Police Scotland has confirmed.

A fundraiser has now been launched by the charity to help pay for the replacement of the screens.

Colin McInnes, chairperson of Homeless Project Scotland, told STV News about the incident.

“Last night youths decided to go by and smash the screens of our tables at the soup kitchen while we were setting up,” he said.

“They went by and punched the screens and smashed them. One of the youths walked by, punched the screen and it wobbled and fell off the table.

“The youth behind her kicked that, smashed that and decided to punch the other three down off the tables.

“It was annoying. These screens are expensive, they are about £200 each and there were four of them damaged.

“The soup kitchen went ahead but it was half an hour delayed, so there was 100 people had to wait half an hour later obviously to get their food.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 7.15 pm on Tuesday, 22 March, 2022, police were called to a report of a disturbance and vandalism on Argyle Street under the Hielanman’s Umbrella, Glasgow.

“A 16-year old female was arrested in connection with the incident and is the subject of a report to the relevant agency.”

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