'Tent man' expecting to die

Published: Thursday, 02 December 2010

THE man living in a tent at Wolvercote Lock on the Oxford Canal says he is expecting to die there.

Mark Payne became stranded at the lock when his wheelchair had a puncture, but refused to be taken into an hostel, having had bad experiences, and it was a local who gave him the tent as shelter.


Others have been giving him food and drink, and have offered to take him to an hostel, but he has refused, telling:

"I can't move. I'm trapped here. I'm just going to stay here and let nature take its course.

A spokesman for Oxford Homeless Pathways stated it would be willing to help him, but Mark has declined offers of being taken to a hostel due to what he said were previous bad experiences.