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Stoke City squatter's tent burned

David Barker
David Barker planned to camp on the site for 10 years

A man who has lived on the derelict site of Stoke City FC's former Victoria Ground since New Year's Day has had his tent burned down.

David Barker said he wanted to occupy the site for 10 years in order to gain possession of it legally and turn it over to park use.

He said he was taking action because it had lain derelict for 11 years.

But it was set alight on Friday afternoon. He was not inside at the time and said he planned to return.

Developer St Modwen has threatened him with eviction but has not taken any legal action against him so for, he said.

The firm applied for planning consent to convert the site for housing but said in December the plans had been delayed by the falling housing market.

Mr Barker plans to use the law of adverse possession to gain control of the site.

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