A4 Homeless man dies

Image above: Chiswick flyover; photograph Anne Marshall

The man who made his home under the A4 flyover by Chiswick roundabout, has died.

John Dwyer, who was in his seventies, lived rough in Chiswick for more than 30 years. Police and other agencies had for years tried to persuade him to take council accommodation.

‘John was very independently minded and resisted attempts to move him into accommodation’ say LB Hounslow. He preferred to live in his encampment under the flyover.

Last year LB Hounlow’s outreach team managed to persuade him to move into council accommodation but he only stayed a few days before he told them he preferred to go back to his home underneath the flyover, where he was entirely self-sufficient. As he died suddenly there will be an inquiry into his death.

Hounslow Council Leader, Cllr Steven Curran, expressed his sadness at learning that John had died. He said:

“This is very sad news and I would like to give my sincere condolences to John’s family, friends and people that knew him.

“The Council will be liaising with the Coroner’s office, as well as relatives and friends to make John’s funeral arrangements.”

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