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Blacon man slept in a car for months to stay with his dog

Dave Wright, 46, has now been offered a place to stay where he can keep Staffordshire Bull Terrier Gucci

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Dave Wright, 46, and his dog Gucci

A man who spent months living in his car with his dog in Blacon will soon have a roof over his head.

Dave Wright, 46, chose to sleep in his Fiat Multipla with pooch Gucci as his tenancy agreement meant he could not keep a pet.

Chester Aid to the Homeless have stepped in and offered Dave and his dog a place at Crispin House in Chester.

CATH CEO Robert Bisset said: “I think this is an excellent resolution to the situation, we are really pleased we can come to the aid of Dave and the Blacon community.

“We have offered Dave a place at Crispin House, where we also have a kennel for the dog and can now work with Dave moving forward.

“He may find a place he can move back to in Blacon, or he may end up staying with us for a while longer.”

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Dave Wright, 46, slept in his car for months to stay with his dog Gucci

The 46-year-old did have accommodation at Gorse Hill, but after acquiring Gucci was told he could not keep the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Dave had been sleeping in the Fiat Multipla, which was parked on Rawson Road, since October to stay with the dog.

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Neighbours said he used to keep the engine on through the night to keep the heating on.

But now the car no longer starts.

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Dave's Fiat Multipla parked on Rawson Road in Blacon

Concerns had been raised about both Dave and Gucci’s welfare, especially with the weather forecast to turn colder in the coming weeks.

Neighbour Jane Mann, who lives on Rawson Road, said: “We first noticed Dave outside the house back in October and obviously it’s not right somebody should be in his situation.

“He once told me it was sometimes warmer to sleep in a doorway.

“It would be nice to follow it through, we just want him to be able to go and live somewhere with Gucci.”

CATH were contacted last week and Mr Bisset said they could act more quickly than statutory agencies.

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier Gucci in the Fiat Multipla parked on Rawson Road in Blacon

The RSPCA have also been involved in the case.

After an interview to determine Dave's suitability, he and Gucci were offered a place at Crispin House as soon as they wanted to take it up.

Blacon councillor Reggie Jones said: “Praise should go to the police community officers who have shown concern for a vulnerable person while also dealing with a community issue.

“I think this is a positive solution for everyone involved and especially for Dave who will now have a roof over his head.”

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