As pedestrians walk above, a man below casts his rod into Bridgwater Canal in Salford, Greater Manchester in desperation of catching his next meal.
Next to the humming streets and just a few feet away from a busy city road lies the shocking truth of the state of Britain’s homelessness epidemic.
As pedestrians walk above, a man below casts his rod into Bridgwater Canal in Eccles, Salford, Greater Manchester, in desperation of catching his next meal.
This isn’t a day out for Stuart, his girlfriend Georgia Twemlow, and John – this is their life, at least for now.
Stuart sits on a disposed sofa by the banks with a fishing rod propped against his leg. Abba is blaring from his stereo, reports Manchester Evening News .
He’s fired up a barbecue and drinks from a bottle of water.
His friend ‘Russian John’ sits by his side. They both look towards the water, hoping for a bite.
All are homeless and Stuart and Georgia say they’ve been turned down for housing and have nowhere else to go.
Last week they were sleeping in a bus shelter, now this canal bank is their home.
The unusual settlement he has made with Georgia and John is now attracting attention from passers-by, but Stuart says people have been mostly supportive.
“I’ve made it my home, until the system changes,” he tells us.
“I chose this spot because it’s in my home town, it’s close to church, and it’s near the doctor’s – although I wasn’t allowed to register because I’ve got no address.
“It’s not near housing so we’re not bothering anyone. It’s all right, hopefully I’ll be able to feed myself and anyone else who needs it. I can totally Ray Mears it.”
Stuart has even planted chilli, garlic, apples turnips and onions in a patch of soil by the canal.