Ex-Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry catches council worker on video confiscating homeless man’s belongings

Former Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry filmed the shocking moment a council worker confiscated a homeless person’s belongings.

Ms Dewberry, who won the BBC show in 2006, confronted the worker as he removed the man's sleeping bag, cardboard and umbrella in Lambeth, south London.

Despite her efforts to stop him, the man refused and drove off in a golf cart filled with other items.

Sharing the video on Twitter, she wrote: “I'm sheltering from rain under canopy. Homeless man sleeps here. His cardboard, sleeping bag & umbrella are here to stay dry.

“Then this. @lambeth_council the guy said he works for you. His lorry was full of blankets & sleeping bags. This isn't ok. We shouldn't let this happen.”

In the video, the unknown council employee defends his actions by telling Ms Dewberry that the homeless man should have taken his belongings with him.

She replies: “What do you mean take it with him? Take it with him where?

“He's homeless. You can't take someone's sleeping bag, it's absolutely freezing cold, what are you doing?”

“This is where somebody is sleeping and you know that,” she adds.

“This is somebody who has absolutely nothing, who is trying to keep themselves warm and you know that don't you?”

“Yes,” the unapologetic man replies.

In a later tweet, Ms Dewberry added: “I am so upset by what I've just seen.

The man was unapologetic as he loaded belongings into a golf cart (@MichelleDewbs/Twitter)

“I was actually in shock that someone could knowingly do that to another human being who is down on their luck.”

Cllr Paul Gadsby, Lambeth cabinet member for housing, also defended the council's workers actions.

He said: “In this case, an individual had been sleeping at this location every night for four weeks.

"As with all rough sleepers, we spoke to the gentlemen continually and offered him support into local hostel accommodation so that he did not need to sleep outside. However, he was adamant that he wants no support or help. 

“Council officers said several times that if he continues to leave possessions in a public park, they would be removed. That was enacted today. Our outreach team will continue trying to get him into more appropriate accommodation.

“Lambeth does a huge amount of work to help vulnerable people who find themselves at threat from homelessness or find themselves sleeping rough."

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