Meet the man living and sleeping in Old Market Square

A man who has set up camp in the middle of Old Market Square says he will be staying there all weekend.

Stephen Bullock, who prefers to be referred to as Tiggz Dat Author, has travelled into the square with a camper van, a boat and a makeshift jail cell.

He wants to spread a message to young people in Nottingham to stay away from crime and keep their lives on track and plans to talk to as many people as he can this weekend.

He slept in the middle of the square on Friday night (April 23) and has told Nottinghamshire Live he won’t be leaving – despite police asking him to.

He said: “I was in the streets at the age of 15 – I spent 13 years in the prison system. Now I’m out, I’m running a big community event to stop kids making the same mistakes as me.

“We don’t want our kids living in fear, we don’t want our kids to be homeless, living in poverty, to be abused – so it’s about stopping that.”

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The 34-year-old, who is originally from Lenton, has decorated his van, boat and prison cells with positive messages and bright colours – and flies a Jamaican flag with Bob Marley on it.

The dad-of-one previously slept at a Derby junction in the van for more than a week at the end of last year.

He doesn’t plan to stay for as long this time around, but says he wants to make the most of his time at the iconic city centre location while he stays there.

“I started off in that boat with nothing else,” he continued.

“I put a roof on it and pulled it 90 miles between Nottingham and Derby. Then I got the caravan and then I built the prison to give the kids a sense of what it’s like.

“If I can inspire just one child while I’m here – then it all would have been worth it. It’s about spreading love, peace and unity. I’m speaking to anyone who is willing to listen.

“Police saw me last night and must have rang in on the radio, because then two community protection officers arrived and told me they were going to have to serve me with some paperwork.

“I’m planning on staying here today and tomorrow and leaving on Monday. Everyone was loving it on my way here, I travelled from Sandiacre.

“I’m staying here, sleeping here – it’s my home and my business.”

Nottinghamshire Police have been approached for a comment.


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