Beggar’s £50,000 Audi TT’ Smashed After People Discovered He Drives


A £50,000 Audi TT believed to belong to a beggar was found
smashed up after he was spotted loading his shopping into it.

Matthew Brinton sparked fury when he was filmed putting his
shopping and dog Hazel into the flashy car after a day of begging on the
He is known in Newquay, Cornwall, for spending his days
asking for money on the streets.
Today, a battered Audi which is said to share the same
number plates as Mr Brinton’s car was found in the town after the windscreen
was smashed.

Matthew claims the car was a gift from his grandmother and
that it was stolen from him. Police have no record of the attack on the car,
but said they are investigating.
Matthew, 35, claimed yesterday he’s received death threats
from residents who think he was passing himself off as homeless in a bid to
take their cash.
He was filmed bundling his border collie and a sleeping bag
into the Audi in a car park close to his begging patch.
“People are assuming too much and I’m getting a lot of
abuse, which is pushing me to suicide,” he said. “This has been going
on for years.”
Dave Meredith, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said the beggar
has had threats but none were deemed to present an immediate risk to his

He said: “We’ve told him – “You need to be careful
because of the video on Facebook. There’s lots of ill-feeling and animosity
because of it,” the police warned.

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