“I must admit the thought of living without running water, without electricity…the thought of squatting has never filled me with anything other than repulsion," says Richard, before embarking on a tour of the country meeting squatters in Madeley Meets The Squatters on ITV1, Thursday 6 December at 9pm.
There is anything between 20,000 and 50,000 people squatting in the UK today, mostly portrayed as drink and drug-taking freeloaders who contribute nothing to society. But how much of that is true?
With a new law having just come into force making squatting a criminal offence, Richard takes to the road to meet these future offenders, to see what their lives are really like and find out why they squat, examining how the change in the law will impact on the current situation faced by both squatters and landlords.
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Madeley Meets The Squatters airs on ITV1 on Thursday 6 December at 9pm.