A homeless and penniless man is living at the top of stairs in a derelict Spalding building.
Adam Beeson (24), a former pupil of Gleed Boys’ School, has been there for about a month and survives on the small amount of food friends can spare.
“I have had no income for about a month-and-a-half now,” said Adam. “I have got nothing. I want a normal life, please. It’s horrible here. The saying that ‘you don’t know what you’ve got until you have lost it’ is true. I would give anything now for a nice shower, a nice cooked meal and a nice warm bed.”
A bar of chocolate and crisps were all he had to eat on Friday by mid-afternoon. He said: “I am literally surviving on minimal junk food.”
Adam’s ESA (employment support allowance) stopped at the end of August or beginning of September because he didn’t receive a letter sent to a friend’s home when the friend was away.
“Since then I have been shoplifting to feed myself and I got arrested and now I am on a deferred sentence,” said Adam.
It’s horrible here ... I would give anything now for a nice shower, a nice cooked meal and a nice warm bed.Adam Beeson
The recovering drug addict admitted six shop thefts at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court last week and sentence was put off to January 4 to see if he can stay out of trouble and engage with the probation service and the drugs help agency, Addaction.
Adam says he can’t risk shoplifting again.
In the sorting office he has a makeshift bed on a concrete landing, dirty clothes he can’t afford to wash and the only light at night is from a candle. He uses public loos in Sheep Market and waste ground when they’re closed. He “strip-washes” with baby wipes but occasionally showers at a friend’s house.
Before moving to the sorting office, Adam spent two or three months in a friend’s trailer tent.
And before that Adam sofa surfed for two years but says he used up all of his assets because friends can only feed you and put you up for so long. He says his mum wants no contact because he stole jewellery from her that had belonged to his late nan and he regrets doing that.
Adam, who is being treated for depression, is trying to find work. He says he’s had jobs with Worldwide Fruit, Bakkavor, and the Poacher and Hole in the Wall pubs. A homeless agency is trying to help but Adam fears it will be months before he gets somewhere to stay.
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