Couple who met playing GTA Online made homeless and forced to live in shed

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A couple who met playing Grand Theft Auto (GTA) Online have been made homeless by the coronavirus pandemic and are being forced to live in a shed.

Macaulay Johnson and Shannon Cullen, both 21, were kicked out of their home in Bestwood village, Nottinghamshire because they could no longer pay the rent, NottinghamshireLive reports.

Macauley who was a factory worker before losing his job moved them both into a local hotel but they again could not pay the bills and ended up on the street.

Shannon used to work in a call centre and moved to England from Ireland to be with Macauley after the pair met playing the popular computer game online.

They have found it difficult to make ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic and set up a tent in the district of Gedling, hoping the local council would offer support.

Macauley started begging outside a Tesco supermarket, where they came across Ian and Lisa Marshall, who are letting the desperate couple stay in their shed until they sort themselves out.

The kind couple have decked out the space with an electric heater and mattress while they are also feeding the pair each day and letting them use their shower facilities when they are not at home.

Mrs Marshall says Covid-19 and her own health issues prevent them from letting Macauley and Shannon sleep in the house.

Macauley said they have been left "in limbo" and have no close family members they can call on for support.

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He said: "We have rung the councils every day. We have been on the streets for two weeks and sleeping in a tent by the tram tracks.

"One night the tent got stabbed by a random person. When I woke up they tried to unzip it and I shouted and they ran away. It was really horrible – and it was freezing cold.

"We have struggled to get a job during the pandemic. I was begging outside a takeaway just so we could keep up with the hotel bill. We have tried to do everything the right way."

Shannon said: "We would have died on the streets if we had not been given this shed. I was waking up and my whole body was cold in the tent."

Her partner added: "We are so lucky we ran into them. They put heaters in there. I have never met nicer people. They did not need to do any of this.

"Some homeless people are drug addicts. We don't even drink alcohol. We are just a normal couple that wants a roof over our head."

A spokesman for Gedling Borough Council said: "Following Nottinghamshire Live contacting the council and making us aware of the situation we have contacted the couple and put them in temporary accommodation until we find a long-term solution."

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