Petition to expel Coyne from the University garners over 9000 signatures

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In a span of 24 hours, an online petition launched to expel Pembroke student Ronald Coyne from the University has garnered nearly 9,000 supporters.

Irate petitioners lashed out openly against the first year law student, who was earlier filmed burning a £20 note in front of a homeless man on Bridge Street. "I feel that he should be ashamed about his actions. Absolutely disgusting," said a petitioner; "...not only removed from the University, but be made to work voluntarily for 200 hours in a homeless shelter," added another on the 'Remove Ronald Coyne from Cambridge University' petition on change.org. Petitioners also stated that booting him out of the university would be an important step to ensure that such an action isn't repeated. 

Ryan Davies, 31, the crane operator, who had been living on the streets for the past three months had earlier said in a video released by The Tab that the incident was "absolutely disgusting."

Davies also added, "...it was horrible. Just plain nasty. I suppose it's better than getting punched and kicked or even spat on because that has happened before."

In response to the incident, members of Jimmy's Cambridge, an organisation that has been working with the rehabilitation of the homeless in Cambridge issued a statement saying: "This incident is an isolated event and it is, perhaps, more important to focus on the fact that £20 would have provided up to 20 meals for Jimmy's guests on any given day. Tangible support for those who need it most."

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