A man known for travelling around Nottinghamshire in a yellow boat has issued a desperate appeal as his possessions are set to be destroyed
Tiggz Dat Author, better known as Yellow Boat Man, had his boat and other belongings seized by Broxtowe Borough council after it was claimed that the items were failed to be removed from land in Copeland Avenue, Stapleford.
He was given an injunction preventing him from returning to council-owned land.
Tiggz had previously said he would have to pay £1,500 to retrieve it by Monday, December 20, otherwise it would be destroyed, reports Derbyshire Live.
Tiggz has claimed he wants to steer young people away from a life of crime.
He said that as a result of recent events he is now sleeping rough in Ilkeston without shelter.
Now he appears to have set up a Go Fund Me page to help him do this, including a heartfelt plea for help.
The page was created under the name Stephen Bullock, which is what Tiggz was previously known as, on Saturday, December 18.
On it he says he has “turned his life around” and is asking the public for help.
“I’ve been homeless for the past two years and I have not committed one crime,” he said.
“I don’t take drugs or I don’t drink, I hope you can help me please as Broxtowe Borough Council have taken our community project away and are demanding I pay this money otherwise they will destroy this boat and all my personal possessions.
“It’s not fair, it’s not on. I haven’t got any money, if I did I would have a home. It’s like they want to see me fail.”
A spokesperson for Broxtowe Borough Council had previously said: “If Mr Bullock does not want to collect his possessions which he left in Stapleford on or by Monday 20th I believe they can be destroyed.
“He will know this following the High Court Enforcement Agents eviction on Monday 13th.
“The removal fee was a fixed cost of £1,500 and the storage is a daily ongoing rate.”
Tiggz had told Derbyshire Live his boat was being held along with his other belongings at an impound yard in Ilkeston.
He said: “They have all my personal belongings, I have nothing. They took everything that I have got.”
He claimed he had been in the process of moving it when the council had removed the items, and described it as “bullying a vulnerable person that is homeless”.
Earlier this month he was spared jail after pleading guilty to stealing a bike from a teenager in 2019.
He said: “They are trying to take my life away and I have turned my life around and I have changed since 2019. Since then, I have realised what I have done is wrong and I have been punishing myself by pulling the boat along.
“I want to show people that if I make a mistake, I hold my hands up but I have turned my life around and I have changed along the way.
“You could offer me £1 million for that boat and I still wouldn’t take it. That boat has a story and I would never let it go, it has destroyed me.
“It is £1500 and £20 a day so that is £1700 or £1800 or else they are going to destroy it.
“How am I meant to get that sort of money, I haven’t got money and the money that I would be able to save to get a house, I am going to have to spend on that.”
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