London, Mar 31 (ANI): A Brit woman was taken by surprise when she found out that a Romanian refugee was secretly living in her shed, having picnics in the garden and even chatted with neighbours.
Tilly Newman was unaware of her lodger until she went to spring-clean the shed and found the man sleeping on the garden furniture.
"He was lying there happily and put two thumbs up when I opened the door and said: 'Nice shed'. It was very bizarre," the Daily Star quoted her as saying.
One neighbour, who did not want to be identified, said: "We saw him a couple of times eating in the garden when the family were out. He said: 'Hello'. He looked so at home we presumed he was a family friend and didn't suspect anything."
When caught, the immigrant told Tilly, 22, that he had moved in at the end of February after getting kicked out of nearby digs in Bromley, Kent.
She said that while talking to her, he was sipping a carton of orange juice, which he finished and put in the recycling bin.
He made himself at home by dozing on the patio sun-lounger and washing himself with the garden hose.
Tilly's brother James, 25, said their uninvited guest, who was in his 20s, had sheets, clothes and trainers when they caught him.
Tilly and her mum took the man down to the police station, where they discovered he was on bail for a public order offence.
After being released he returned to his makeshift home, despite being warned not to by the police.
Tilly said: "It is not very nice. I do not like being in the house on my own now."
And since then, she has a new lock on the shed hoping that the refugee does not make a third appearance.
"The police gave him a final warning, so hopefully we have seen the last of him," added James. (ANI)