Man, 59, lives in a HORSE BOX with dog and parrot after accident at work left him unable to work and pay house bills

Man, 59, lives in a HORSE BOX with dog and parrot after accident at work left him unable to work and pay house bills

February 3, 2019

Stephen James, 59, from Sutton Coldfield, transformed the old motor into a fully liveable apartment, complete with a television, oven, microwave and shower room.


After he was forced to give up work he struggled to pay his bills and moved into a canal boat before spending £17,500 on the horse box, which he did up himself.

To keep him company he has German Shepherd, Kaiser, and his parrot, Charlie Bitefinger.

Stephen, who is currently living in a lay-by near Willington, Derbyshire, wants to find somewhere more permanent to live as he doesn't feel safe from thieves.

He spent his childhood in a children's home before working as a binman when he left school.

LIVING IN A LAY-BY

He bought a bungalow in Littleover, Derbshire, but was unable to pay for it when his accident forced him to give up work.

It was then that he bought himself a canal boat , which cost him £60,000.

While he enjoyed life on the water, Stephen soon found that it difficult to find somewhere safe and affordable to moor his boat – so he decided to sell up and bought the horse box.

In 2013, he found his current trailer, snapped it up for £17,500 and quickly got to work making it a home.

Since then he has kitted out his trailer with several televisions, an oven, sink, bedroom and a shower room.

I always worry that if I am out for too long someone will try to break into the trailer

He powers his home through a mix of generators underneath the trailer and solar panels that he has fitted to the roof.

Stephen is now hoping his fortunes will change and that somebody will be able to offer him a place for him and his horse box.

He said: "I feel pressure all the time. It is hard for me, because I always worry that if I am out for too long someone will try to break into the trailer.

"Leaving is always a gamble.

"I also can't find anywhere to stay that is safe for me and I won't be asked to move on.

"Usually, I can only stay where I am for a few weeks before I have to go elsewhere, which makes it difficult for me.

"I'm hoping there is somebody out there who has a small piece of land where I can stay, and in return I can keep an eye on their land and make sure nobody is doing anything they shouldn't be.

"And Kaiser will scare off any thieves or trespassers."







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