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Monday, July 30, 2012
A homelesss man and his dog, who have become a popular fixture outside a tube station, may be forced to move on – and some think it’s because the Olympics are here.
David Thompson, 40, and his bull mastiff Honey have been selling the Big Issue outside Angel Station since he was evicted from his Finsbury Park flat last year.
Mr Thompson took over from the previous occupant who famously left to write a book called A Streetcat Named Bob.
But after 10 trouble-free months, last week two of the station supervisors began to ask Mr Thompson to leave the area and gave him “grief”.
He said: “It’s been a great place to be for the last 10 months – people like Honey and have been very generous with me.
“When I nip off to the toilet, I get someone to watch her and my things – I can’t take all my belongings and Honey into Burger King.
“Then last week, two of the supervisors started to move me on. They said it was because I left my stuff, but it’s never been a problem before.
“I apologised to them and said it would never happen again, but they say I’ve got to go. It would be terrible if I had to leave – people are very kind here and I really need that to feed myself and Honey.”
Bob Douglas, 54, who has a stall in nearby Chapel Market, said: “I met David when I made friends with his dog. I have seen him getting hassle from the supervisors and it’s not very nice – they give him a lot of grief.
“When I first saw it I thought they must be clearing him away in time for the Olympics.”
Pat Hansberry, general manager of the Northern Line said: “We are not aware of any issue at Angel Station with any sellers or distributors.”