Man who lived in his car on the side of the road for 3 years is evicted

Charles Ingram, who began living in his Mercedes in 2012, was moved on by Transport Scotland with the help of police on Wednesday.

Transport Scotland said Mr Ingram’s camp near Pitlochry had become a hazard for motorists using the busy Falkirk to Thurso route.

Perth and Kinross Council are understood to be working with Mr Ingram to find him temporary accommodation.

A spokeswoman for Transport Scotland said: “Decisions like this are never taken lightly but reflect our responsibility for the safe operation of the trunk road network and our concern for Mr Ingram’s personal welfare.

“We have been working closely with Perth and Kinross Council, as the local authority responsible for care and welfare issues, along with Police Scotland, to ensure everything possible has been done to resolve this situation amicably.

“The extent of the encampment on the A9 has grown in recent months and it is now a safety hazard and distraction for drivers and we have no choice but to take this action.

“All partners remain on hand to provide any support we can to Mr Ingram to ensure that his welfare and possessions are protected.”

Police Scotland officers shut the A9 while Mr Ingram's camp was dismantled.

1st October 2015
Carly Bayliss