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Homeless man back on streets living in a tent.

Byline: AAMIR MOHAMMED AND BRONTE HOWARD Reporters aamir.mohammed@walesonline.co.uk

A HOMELESS graphic designer is back on the streets of Cardiff living in a tent.

Daniel Smith, 25, said he had been inundated with job offers and interviews since his story appeared in the Echo last month.

However, just days later, Daniel said he was assaulted by a group of men and now isn't able to work.

Daniel, who has been homeless for about seven weeks after falling short with his rent, said he wasn't able to take physical or manual jobs.

He said: "I was offered loads of manual and delivery jobs which I really wanted to take but I was assaulted in the night.

"A group of boys approached me and asked if I wanted to buy drugs and when I said no they attacked me by punching me in the ribs and kicking me in my ear.

"Maybe I was rude with the way I answered back but I didn't want any drugs and they attacked me.

"I even bought a smartphone to be able to work wherever needed but I couldn't because of my injuries."

The 25-year-old is now sleeping in a tent in a wooded area of Cardiff, where he says things are a lot calmer.

He said he has had a lot of support through text messages and phone calls.

Daniel said: "I prefer to stay in a wooded area. It's a lot more peaceful and I feel safe because no one approaches me there.

"I'm quite well fed and I've been couch surfing from Cardiff to Newport because of the support I've received."

Daniel has also worked with some freelance graphic designers and is launching a Kickstarter campaign next week.

He hopes the funding from this will allow him to produce some work and also give him some money for winter.

He added: "The Kickstarter campaign is something positive and will help me get back on my feet.

"Things were looking positive and I'm hoping over the next few weeks to get back to working and getting myself a proper place."

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Author:AAMIR MOHAMMED AND BRONTE HOWARD Reporters aamir.mohammed@walesonline.co.uk
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 1, 2019
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