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Make-shift ‘shack’ cause for concern in Green Lane, Ilford

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:58 30 July 2015

Concerns aired about homeless man living in a

Concerns aired about homeless man living in a "shack" in Green Lane, Ilford. Picture: Ajay Nair

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Outreach workers have appealed for a homeless man believed to be living in a make-shift “shanty” house to contact them.

Concerns aired about homeless man living in a Concerns aired about homeless man living in a "shack" in Green Lane, Ilford. Picture: Ajay Nair

Residents have been puzzled after the structure appeared in Green Lane, Ilford, at the junction with South Park Road.

Now Redbridge Council and homeless charities have urged the man to seek help, saying he was not known to them.

Ursula Standen, volunteer co-ordinator at the Welcome Centre in St Mary’s Road, Ilford, said: “The outreach workers have gone out to try and find him, but there’s been nobody there.

“He’s on our radar but he’s not one of our clients – he’s not somebody that’s known to us. It’s a question of somebody finding him.”

Concerns aired about homeless man living in a Concerns aired about homeless man living in a "shack" in Green Lane, Ilford. Picture: Ajay Nair

A council spokeswoman said: “Our outreach services have visited and no one has been at the site. Our visits will continue so more information can be obtained and a way forward looked into.”

A sign on the structure reads: “This stuff belongs to a homeless person, please don’t remove. Thanking you in anticipation.”

The “shack” is attached to a car – filled with boxes and household items – and is believed to be used as storage.

The set-up is complete with green and orange flags attached to a stick at the front of it.

Tony Hoad, of the South Park Users Group, said residents were “concerned”.

He said: “It shouldn’t be here – it’s a shanty shack on a main road in Ilford – it’s worrying.”

Have you seen the man? Email ajay.nair@archant.co.uk


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