Yellow boat man distraught as yellow boat vanishes

The yellow boat which provides shelter for a homeless man has vanished, thought to have been either seized by Derby City Council or possibly stolen from where it was parked near the city centre. Tiggz Dat Author, better know as yellow boat man, is returning to Derby just days after leaving the city, having been banned from Nottingham, to find the boat. He is coming back to Derby to retrieve his yellow boat, which he believes was taken by Derby City Council over the weekend.

Tiggz, whose real name is Stephen Bullock, left the boat at the side of Bass’ recreation ground when he returned to Nottingham on Sunday afternoon. He says that a truck then took the boat away during his absence. A yellow caravan which had been his home for some time has been destroyed, which left him with just his boat for shelter.

Earlier this week, Tiggz was banned from Nottingham city centre for 48 hours after being issued a Section 35 order by officers from Nottinghamshire police. This means that police deemed that there was a likelihood that “members of the public in the locality being harassed, alarmed or distressed or the occurrence in the locality of crime or disorder.” Tiggz also says that officers in Nottingham took away his speakers.

Tiggz told Derbyshire Live: “I’m distraught, do you know what I mean? I feel lost because both cities now are working in connection and keep taking my stuff from me. “All I’m trying to do is bring peace and love into our communities and spread my anti-crime message.

“Obviously now I am stressed out because I’ve had to go to Nottingham to get my speakers which Nottingham took off me. “I’ve been held in a police station which isn’t fair because I’m not committing crime, I’m not doing nothing wrong. “Now I’ve got to go to Derby and mess around to get my stuff back which is obviously for a community intervention programme.

“It is costing me more to keep running backwards and forwards, paying people to come and get my stuff from impounds or storage. It is causing me to become stressed and depressed.” Derbyshire Live has reached out to Derby City Council to determine what has happened to Tiggz’s boat but they are yet to respond.

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