Local police officers have assisted in rehousing John, a homeless man, after he had spent over three years on the streets living in the old bus shelter in Hampton Hill.
After gaining his trust, John confided in officers that he did not wish to spend another winter on the streets. Officers and Richmond Council then worked to find him a flat in the local area before the cold weather set in.
Since moving into his new flat over a month ago, John is doing well and has expressed his gratitude to the team for finding him a home;
“After such a lengthy time it comes as a tremendous relief, as winter approaches, to have been provided with accommodation.
“I would like to express my gratitude for the support and all the effort the Constabulary have provided to make this happen.”
Superintendent Rob Applegarth added;
“This is a great example of caring, proactive neighbourhood policing at its best.”
Cllr Mark Boyle said;
“This is a great example of the Police working with the community, the Council & partner organisations.”
This post was taken from a series of Tweets posted by Richmond police.
Earlier in the summer, Stephanie participated in Ride100 to raise money for homeless charity Shelter, after being inspired by John’s situation.