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Soup kitchen bans man ‘for life’ after he turns violent in face mask row

Written by on 01/10/2020

A local soup kitchen has had to ban a man “for life” after he tried to attack volunteers.

RIVO Outreach, a support service for homeless and vulnerable people in Rotherham, posted the sad news on Facebook.

They said that a “bad thing” happened last night (September 29) which resulted in a regular client attempting to attack volunteers working at one of their kitchens.

RIVO said that the man became aggressive after being asked to wear mask and staff had apparently had to ask him “repeatedly” as he refused to comply.

The man, who is apparently a regular user of the RIVO Outreach service, was “throwing punches” at staff as a result of the dispute, RIVO said.

In the Facebook post, they said: “A bad thing happened last night. A gent, (who comes to see us to get help), had to be banned for life from our kitchens last night.

“He tried to attack a volunteer and was swinging punches etc. This was because we had to ask him repeatedly to wear a face mask.”

They said that the police were called but volunteers decided not to press charges, as they just “wanted the threat gone”.

During the scary altercation, one of the volunteers was apparently pushed out of the way as the man attempted to get to another member of staff.

The volunteer was left with a hurt arm as a result of being pushed.

“We will not tolerate any sort of threat or abuse to our volunteers or clients who attend our kitchens, they do all this for free and do not need the abuse and stress”, RIVO Outreach said.