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Canterbury drug addict Samuel Capes-Evans makes himself at home on busy roundabout

By Alex Claridge

Thousands of motorists whizz past a busy Canterbury city centre roundabout every day without giving it a second glance.

But amid the thick foliage is a secret home created by a notorious drug addict and alcoholic.

Samuel Capes-Evans has built a shelter behind the trees in the centre of the St Peter's Roundabout next to the tannery development.

Drug addict Samuel Capes-Evan has built a shelter among the trees of a Canterbury roundabout

The 38-year-old has furnished it with a mattress and duvet, carpeting and a bedside cabinet upon which he keeps rolling tobacco.

He said he has been living on the roundabout for a month and came to the attention of the authorities on Friday night when firefighters were twice called out.

Capes-Evans had alarmed passing motorists because he had been burning clothing to use as a light.

When asked, he said he had built the shelter with rubbish he had found.

"I found this stuff in bins," he said. "I was burning rubbish so I could see what I was doing at night. I don't want people to know I'm here because I got beaten up in the High Street a few months ago."

Fire crews have been called to Samuel Capes-Evans’s makeshift home on St Peter’s roundabout five times

Pressed further about his unusual home, Capes-Evans became angry and aggressive, swearing at newsmen and telling them to leave him alone.

Last year, the violent drunk - who appears to have only two or three teeth left in his upper gums - spoke with his girlfriend about their heroin addictions.

He admitted stealing to fund his addiction and said it did not bother him that he was doing anything wrong.

Capes-Evans was jailed in 2011 for throwing a woman to the ground and striking her with a piece of metal in a row about scoring drugs.

The court that sentenced him heard he was abusive to police officers and had also been stealing meat and alcohol.

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Another time, he was jailed for 15 months after robbing a nurse of her handbag containing £100. He also has convictions for threatening behaviour and stealing charity collection boxes.

But Capes-Evans is not alone in creating a makeshift house in Canterbury.

Last month, it was revealed that a pair of homeless people had set up home in a shipping container on a farm off Nackington Road.

They had equipped it with cabinets, beds and a jigsaw puzzle featuring a photograph of a dog.

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