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Homeless man living in phone box 'blown over' by support

A homeless man has been widely supported by the community after revealing he's been living in a phone box for four months.

Stephen Pope has been living in the phone box for four months Credit: ITV News Central

Stephen Pope appeared in the media after he turned a BT booth outside an Aldi store in Bordesley Green, Birmingham into a makeshift home.

The man, who does not beg, and claims no benefits, has received much sympathy since, with residents in his neighbourhood taking him food and sandwiches.

Councillors have also stepped in, by visiting him, giving him food, and advice on how to get help. They say he had agreed to be referred to Birmingham's Homeless Outreach team.

The phone box is outside the Aldi in Bordesley Green Credit: BPM Media

Every evening, Stephen turns the inside of the box into a bedroom, with a couple of duvets and a sleeping bag to keep him warm.

The 42-year-old says he claims no benefits and doesn't beg, instead relying on the kindness of strangers.

The former demolition worker says he has been homeless for the last four years. He had lived with his parents in Yardley, but after they died, he lost his job and the home he had lived in.

Stephen uses duvets and a sleeping bag to keep warm Credit: BPM Media

Stephen says he has a brother and friends, but doesn't like to be "a burden on them". He said he's been blown over with the kindness he's received.

It is a tough existence living in a phone box. It can be so cold at night but the phone box offers me some shelter from the wind and rain and I can keep the few belongings I have dry. Each night I crouch down in the phone box and huddle up to my duvet and wait for morning to come. It is bitterly cold on some nights and it often feels like morning will never come. I refuse to beg for food and I don’t receive any benefits – but people have been very kind to me. I receive food and drinks from passers-by and some of the people living in the houses nearby bring me hot food. They have shown me such kindness.

– Stephen Pope