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Welcome to my humble abode, says homeless man

NOT MOVING: David Vernon has refused to leave the Highbury Barn since moving into the disused building more than a month ago.

NOT MOVING: David Vernon has refused to leave the Highbury Barn since moving into the disused building more than a month ago.

There is plenty of choice for David Vernon when it comes to deciding where to sleep at night.

He has seven bedrooms to pick from, five of which have en-suite bathrooms, plus a bar area and even a spacious kitchen.

The 46-year-old started squatting at the Highbury Barn pub in Great Cornard after gaining entry through a hatch into the kitchen on March 29.

Mr Vernon has no intention of leaving and, in fact, the qualified carpenter has set about cleaning and improving the pub, which closed in November 2012.

“It was filthy when I got here and there was rubbish everywhere,” said Mr Vernon, who has been in prison seven times.

“I think the owners wanted to let it become derelict, but I have been going around tidying and cleaning the pumps.”

The pub, owned by Punch Taverns, which is hoping to turn it into a supermarket, still has bar stools, sofas and beds inside. Mr Vernon even has a TV in his room.

He is using a generator to run appliances and has big plans for the future.

“I am getting a gardener out soon and someone to clean the carpets,” said Mr Vernon, who admits to being a long-term cannabis user and has a tattoo of the drug on his left cheek.

“I want to start teaching yoga in the extension, as I am qualified, and put in a spa with sauna and showers.”

 

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