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Secret camp discovered in Villa grounds

April 16th 2011

A homeless man has been found living in a makeshift shelter beneath one of the main stands at the home of Premier League football team Aston Villa.

Despite a state-of-the-art security system and regular weekend crowds of 42,000 people, the man remained undetected by Villa staff until a routine sweep of the ground by security teams. His shelter, constructed from cardboard and other items found around the stadium, was found hidden away under the Holte End at Villa Park. Since its discovery, the man has not been spotted again.

Club security are struggling to work out how the man managed to leave and enter the stadium repeatedly without being spotted by CCTV or any of the ground staff.

Regular drinkers at the local Aston Hotel pub reported seeing the man regularly in the area. "I know who he is, but we’ve not seen him for a few days," said one customer. "No-one believed him when he claimed he was actually living at the Villa."

"It’s amazing that he managed to escape detection for so long."


April 2011



Stand still and be counted!

Controversial strategy continues in City of London

Thugs jailed for attack on asylum seeker

Secret camp discovered in Villa grounds

Another violent assault

Bradford body finally discovered

The Big Issue goes app

Rough sleeper’s story takes to the stage

More hostel beds lost

Guerrilla campaign sees skeleton sleeping rough

End to restrictions on Eastern European nationals

Rough sleeper badly burned

Reading man charged over rough sleeper‚Äö?Ñ?¥s death

Enlightened hospital policy

Proposed soup kitchen ban makes way for £2.8m Westminster development

IWIC loses funding

Birmingham rough sleepers share in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Home-made for the home-less

Cannock project supports homeless with free toiletries

St Martin’s Helpdesk open for fewer hours

Skills for Life

I don‚Äö?Ñ?¥t know what I‚Äö?Ñ?¥d do without this place

Report reveals upward trend in homelessness

Befrienders help turn houses into homes

Scottish chef gets a taste of success

Politicians put under pressure to hear homeless voices

Glasgow homeless hit for council tax payments

Street Shield: The byelaw

Westminster - two sides of the argument


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