Newquay beggar spotted driving away in Audi sports car
A beggar well known on the streets of Newquay has sparked outrage in the seaside town after being spotted getting into an Audi sportscar at the end of his day.
Matthew Brinton, and his dog Hazel, are often spotted on the streets of Newquay – and has spent years asking for money in Bank Street.
However, in a video uploaded to Facebook, Brinton is spotted putting his things into the back of an Audi TT before driving away.
While many feel deceived by Brinton, he has quickly given a reason as to the car's appearance. He told the Daily Mail that the car was given to him by his grandmother, and has since been stolen.
Briton told the paper: "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 assume too much and I'm getting a lot of abuse. This has been going on for years."
Inspector Dave Meredith, a Newquay police officer, admitted that there had been death threats sent for Brinton, but that they posed no 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.
"It's a sad case, really. I've known him for years but he doesn't help himself."