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News Archive > General > Evicted Cosgarne resident sets up camp at play park

Evicted Cosgarne resident sets up camp at play park

By Andy Laming 23rd August 2017

Evicted Cosgarne resident sets up camp at play park
The camp

A MAN who gave evidence at the Stephen Bull murder trial has set up a makeshift camp at a St Austell play park, after he was evicted from Cosgarne Hall.

John Yardley, 52, put up a tent on land opposite the St Austell Bowling Club in Poltair Park, joined by Samantha Parkin, 31.

Mr Yardley said that the move followed him being evicted from Cosgarne Hall on suspicion of drug dealing, which he denies.

He spoke out after some people made comments on social media that he had been evicted because of his involvement as a witness in the recent murder trial.

Manager of Cosgarne Hall, Malcolm Putko, said: “We refute that. There is absolutely no way in the world – in any shape or form – that he was evicted for that reason. In fact, we were pleased he supported the investigation.”

Mr Putko said that due to data protection, he could not comment further on individual cases, but said: “Cosgarne Hall has a zero-tolerance policy on alleged drug dealing. Every case is individual but we always try to find people alternative accommodation in the case of evictions.”

Meanwhile, Mr Yardley told the Voice that he suffers a condition called Sudden Death Syndrome - where abnormalities in his heart can cause fatal risks.

“My heart can stop at any moment but we were not deemed to be a priority as we don’t have children,” he said.

“The council are not doing anything to support us. We just want them to get us somewhere to live.”

Mr Yardley and Ms Parkin were previously camping out in the churchyard by the community centre on Trevarthian Road, with permission from the church warden. But they had to move on, amid plans to demolish the building. They were planning to move to a new location on Monday.

Ms Parkin said that she used to “love” working as a housekeeping assistant in a local hotel but lost her job when her accommodation fell through. Mr Yardely said that in the past, he has worked as a lifeguard at various venues including Fistral Beach, and had previously held positions at other venues including Butlins.

A spokesman for Cornwall Council said: “We are aware of the people sleeping rough in Poltair Park and various organisations continue to work together to provide joined up support from outreach teams, specialist agencies and housing providers.  

“People who are homeless can have a range of varied and complex issues which we try help them with based on their individual circumstances.  

“This may include Cornwall Housing providing a dedicated caseworker to support those who need accommodation who will look at emergency housing options wherever possible, as well as long term housing solutions.”

By Andy Laming 23rd August 2017

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