Thursday, March 17

Beggar Receives Death Threats After He Was Spotted Driving in Very Expensive Car (Photos)

Beggar Receives Death Threats After He Was Spotted Driving in Very Expensive Car (Photos)

Matthew Brinton pictured here on one of his begging rounds

A beggar who was discovered to own a an expensive Audi TT by the very people who gave him alms, is now facing serious danger of being killed.

Several people have threatened to kill the beggar, Matthew Brinton, after his expensive lifestyle was dsicovered.

A £50,000 Audi TT believed to belong to Mr Matthew, has even been found smashed up after he was spotted loading his shopping into it.

It will be recalled that Mr Matthew sparked fury when he was filmed putting his shopping and dog Hazel into the flash car after a day of begging on the streets.

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.

Beggar Receives Death Threats After He Was Spotted Driving in Very Expensive Car (Photos)

The man's car has even been smashed

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.

The video was uploaded to Facebook where residents blasted him for 'stealing' their money and said he was 'ungrateful'.

Matthew said: "I have not seen any of the social media posts because I do not have access to the internet but according to the police I've had lots of death threats."
"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."

Beggar Receives Death Threats After He Was Spotted Driving in Very Expensive Car (Photos)

Dave Meredith, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said the beggar has had threats but none but none were deemed to present an immediate risk to his safety.

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."

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