Lots of people were 'taken in' by this Channel 4 news item in which a tearful rough sleeper, a former soldier, explained how badly he felt about his life on the streets and how the 'Government' had let him down.
I remember thinking to myself at the time - what kind of help and support does this chap need to get off the street, does he have drug or alcohol issues, has he lost the roof over his head through anti-social behaviour or even domestic abuse?
Turns out the chap was a convicted sex offender who tried to rape an 87-year-old woman.
Now this doesn't mean that he doesn't deserve help to try and get his life back on track, but it does mean that news channels and politicians should resist the temptation to exploit situations like this for their own selfish ends.
Read the full story via the link below to The Metro.
Crying rough sleeper championed by Jeremy Corbyn unmasked as sex offender
By Adam Smith - The Metro