“I’m a qualified care assistant and physio, that’s what I used to work as, before, with disabled kids. But then, I got into this hole. Once you’re deep in it, it’s hard to get out.”
William misses somewhere he can call home, and a place to put his belongings. With the start of Covid, William’s situation suddenly worsened.
“Two years ago I used to have a tent, pitched outside Sainsbury’s. I had pictures up on the wall, flowers, everything. Everyone loved it because it looked like a home. But then the council came and destroyed it.”
William returned to the site to find he had lost all his belongings and paperwork. “That’s what they do. They move us on, but where do we go?”
On the day we spoke to William, he had just been issued a fine by the local authorities. “They bring the Bill [police] just in case, makes them braver. They’ve fined me £800 just for sitting here.” There is a chance that William could be imprisoned if he doesn’t pay the fine. It’s happened to him before. Life is easier in prison in some ways, but, as he says, “Who wants to be locked up?”