‘Homeless’ Brian finally leaves his Midhurst camp

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After almost nine months living in a tent close to the Midhurst Rother College entrance ‘homeless’ Brian Simmonds, 56 has finally moved off the site.

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said: “Following the court’s decision, we attended the area where Mr Simmonds had been camping along with the court bailiff. Mr Simmons then left the site with his belongings of his own accord.

“His current whereabouts are unknown. It is understood that he has been offered alternative accommodation by Chichester District Council but again this was turned down by Mr Simmonds.”

In April the county council ordered him to leave by May 1 or court proceedings would be taken and a Chichester County Court ruling on May 18 found he had no right to be on the land.

On Friday (June 2) he briefly moved across the road to Cowdray Estate owned land, but has now moved from there.

He arrived in Midhurst last October and set up camp with his cat after losing his home in The Witterings.

He was offered two homes by Chichester District Council with his cat at Rogate and Selsey, but he turned them down.

In addition a woman who raised £1,300 to help him, had to return the money when she failed to find a house he would accept.

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