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Man in hole moves for Olympics

May 10 2012
Underground Blackheath man moves into temporary accommodation


An Iranian who has lived in a hole on Blackheath, London, for nearly four years, was housed in March.

The elderly gentleman lived in his camouflaged hole year-round, unseen by most of the local population. However, with work beginning for the Olympics at the heath, including a possible surface-to-air missile site nearby, his lonely life was interrupted.

Ward councillor Chris Maines told the Blackheath Bugle in March: “The world’s press will be descending on the area to cover the Olympic Games... People living rough in a bivouac is a poor reflection on Lewisham’s homeless policies.”

A spokesman for Lewisham Council announced later that “on March 26 he agreed to go into temporary accommodation in the borough and we are now working with him to find the most appropriate permanent housing solution to meet his needs.”