Homeless man banned from sleeping in Church doorway | UK | News

Aaron Morgan, 29, claims he had to leave the spot he was sleeping in at St Andrew’s United Reform Church in Roath due to Easter services. 

He also alleges that plant pots had been moved to prevent him returning to the same spot after Easter. 

Mr Morgan has lived in Cardiff all his life and he has been sleeping rough since November. 

He said he had spent a number of days sleeping in the church doorway. 

“The people from the church have never really spoken to me. I’ve tried saying hello when they have a big crowd of people going for a service. You know, try to be polite and friendly. 

“The only time I really spoke to someone from the church, or they spoke to me, was when I needed a rubbish bag. 

“I arrived when the service was over but the main door was open. I thought the place was empty, and I was really worried they’d mistake me for a burglar or something. 

“In the end, I saw two people cleaning, throwing stuff in rubbish bags. I asked if I could borrow one, and ended up with a bag that was already half-full of rubbish. That was a day, maybe two days before I had to leave.” He says he was moved on without any warning. 

“Yes, I might be homeless, but I have manners. If you let me stay on your sofa, for example, I wouldn’t cause any problems. I’d keep the mess and the noise to a minimum. It’s the same when you’re living on the street. 

“I always clean up when I move on, I don’t drink or do drugs anymore, I hardly even curse. These days I just want to read my book or the paper, keep to myself.

“I don’t beg or ask for money when people walk past – if they buy me food or something to drink, I’m just happy with that.”

Mr Morgan believes the plant pots had been placed there specifically to prevent his return. 

“The plant pots were always around the church, but they weren’t in that position,” he said. 

“They were shifted from a little display they had closer to the road. They were moved to the doorways the same day I was moved on. I’ve got no doubt that they were put there to make a statement, to keep us away. 

“Honestly, if I could say anything to the people who made me move, I’d say that I would have understood if I was taking drugs or leaving a mess or being obstructive and rude, but I wasn’t.

“I was sleeping in the doorway of a church. If they’d asked me to, I would’ve stopped sleeping there and left, but they called the police first. What’s your problem?” The Reverend Des Kitto said that asking Mr Morgan to move was with “great sadness”. 

“This was not done with any malice or aforethought and the decision was forced upon us when we received anonymous calls reporting the fear and public health implications of the situation,” he said. “In fact, the person was there for some three weeks before we took the action we did.”

He said Mr Morgan had initially refused to move. 

“The matter was brought to a head when the person started to bring various suitcases, sleeping bags, clothing and other items and deposit them in the front of the church. These were…

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