The boat belonging to Tiggz Dat Author – known locally as ‘Yellow Boat Man’ – has been destroyed by the council.
Tiggz previously travelled around Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, pitching up in places like Old Market Square in a yellow caravan and makeshift prison.
More recently, he was spared jail after robbing a 16-year-old of a bike in Aspley back in October 2019.
On why he travelled around on the boat, he said he was campaigning to deter youths from a life of crime.
He is said to be distraught by the loss of his boat and says that it means the loss of his identity. That said, he remains defiant, saying that “Tiggz Dat Author, AKA the Yellow Boat Man, won’t stop until he gets to the top”.
Tiggz told Derbyshire Live: “We learn about Noah in school and my boat was like an ark, it saved me.”
He said that he had since turned his life around and that he’d been battling with Broxtowe Borough Council to have his belongings returned.
And he added that he had been working with his probation officer and Citizens Advice to do so.
In December, Tiggz, who is of no fixed address and lives in a caravan, was told that he would need to pay £2,500 to have his belongings returned to him.
Tiggz has been unable to acquire the funds to do this and the boat has been destroyed alongside his clothes, trainers, generator, and cooking stove.
In December, Tiggz, who was previously known as Stephen Bullock, was given an injunction by the borough council preventing him from returning to council-owned land.
He was moved on from where he had based himself in Stapleford.
The council said that Tiggz had chosen not to collect his possessions which he left in the town before a deadline of December 20.
The authority also clarified that the man’s possessions had subsequently been destroyed in line with a High Court ruling.
But Tiggz posted on social media on Monday (January 31) that his “boat journey had come to an end” and that he was “lost for words”.
He said: “They have taken away my identity.
“I’m a target to the authorities, no-one wants to help me, [and] just pull me down and destroy my youth inspiration projects and works of art.
“You can’t put a price on any of the items taken as it was built up through my pain, my blood, my sweat and tears.
“This boat saved me from the life of crime and drugs and also was a way of therapy for dealing with and controlling my mental health and past traumas.
“It is not just boat, it is a story and it has carried my burdens.”
In a statement, Broxtowe Borough Council said: “Mr Bullock chose not to collect his possessions which he left in Stapleford before the deadline of Monday 20 December so they were destroyed as per the High Court Enforcement Agents ruling.”
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