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Businessman saves artist's home


Scott Fletcher said Steven Williams' house was 'a work of art in itself'

An artist in arrears who spent five years decorating his home with murals has avoided having his home repossessed after a businessman spotted his talent.

Steven Williams, 25, of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, had fallen behind with his mortgage repayments and was at risk of losing his home and his artwork.

He said he feared that a new owner would blindly emulsion over his work.

But Scott Fletcher, from Manchester, saw pictures of Mr Williams' murals on the internet and decided to save them.

Mr Fletcher, chief executive of ANS Group technology infrastructure firm, has agreed to pay the mortgage on Mr Williams' property in Goldenhill, Stoke-on-Trent, until the artist is in a position to take over the payments himself.

Steven Williams
Mr Williams feared his work would be removed if the house was repossessed

He said he was on the internet site Twitter, when Mr Williams' art "caught his eye".

He added: "Steve's house is just fantastic; it's a work of art in itself.

"It would have been a great shame if something so unique had been destroyed.

"Steve and his friends had started a great blog and twitter campaign appealing for help or advice and it caught my eye."

Mr Williams said: "After an agonising couple of weeks when I really thought that the house would be repossessed, Scott offered to help... and I really am very grateful."

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