Support grows for homeless man who lives in a phone box
Stephen Pope (left) is pictured for the first time (Picture: Birmingham Mail/BPM Media)

There was a huge outpouring of sympathy when it was revealed a homeless man had been living in a phone box for four months.

Stephen Pope’s story touched the nation and he has been pictured by his makeshift home outside Aldi in Bordesley Green, Birmingham, for the first time.

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Stephen, 42, who does not beg and claims no benefits, has been thrown a lifeline by locals.

They’ve started bringing him food and sandwiches and now Birmingham City Council has stepped in to help.

Councillors have been visiting Stephen Pope and given him food and helpful advice.

Support grows for homeless man who lives in a phone box
Stephen has been sleeping in the phonebox for four months (Picture: Birmingham Mail/BPM Media)

They say he has agreed to be referred to Birmingham’s Homeless Outreach team.

Every evening Stephen turns the inside of the BT kiosk into a temporary bedroom, using a couple of duvets and a sleeping bag to keep warm.

Liberal Democrat councillors for the Small Heath Ward said: ‘Been out to see him, bought him a hot meal.

‘While there local residents brought sandwiches for him.

Support grows for homeless man who lives in a phone box
Stephen keeps warm using a couple of duvets and a sleeping bag (Picture: Birmingham Mail/BPM Media)

‘He is happy for us to refer him to the homeless team.’

Stephen, a former demolition worker, said he has been homeless for the last four years.

He was staying with his parents in Yardley, east Birmingham, but after they died he lost his job and the home he was living in.

He has a brother and friends but said he did not like to be a ‘burden on them’.

Support grows for homeless man who lives in a phone box
‘It is bitterly cold on some nights and it often feels like morning will never come’ (Picture: Birmingham Mail/BPM Media)

He said: ‘It is a tough existence living in a phone box.

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‘It can be so cold at night but the phone box offers me some shelter from the wind and rain and I can keep the few belongings I have dry.

‘Each night I crouch down in the phone box and huddle up to my duvet and wait for morning to come.

‘It is bitterly cold on some nights and it often feels like morning will never come.’

Support grows for homeless man who lives in a phone box
Locals are helping Stephen by bringing him food and sandwiches (Picture: Birmingham Mail/BPM Media)

Stephen said he had been blown over by the kindness of strangers who bring hot food out for him each night.

He said: ‘I refuse to beg for food and I don’t receive any benefits – but people have been very kind to me.

‘I receive food and drinks from passers-by and some of the people living in the houses nearby bring me hot food.

‘They have shown me such kindness.’