A Yorkshire couple have turned a Ford Focus car into a shelter after becoming "homeless".

The pair have been parked up in a seaside town for over a month where they've been living, eating and sleeping.

The parents-of-two say they have been begging on the streets for money, and opening their car door to go to the toilet.

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Jade Wass and Jud Lennon Day, from Middlesbrough, left their supported accommodation in Birmingham, ending their tenancy.

They “upped and moved” to Redcar, expecting to be housed but it appears there has been a mix-up with council accommodation, reports Teesside Live.

Whether their tenancy with Birmingham Council is still ongoing isn't clear, the couple say “a referral has been sent” to Middlesbrough Council.

The mum and dad-of-two made the three-hour drive back to Middlesbrough in September and have been homeless since.

Each night, the pair park their Ford Focus on Redcar seafront and recline their seats back to make a bed for the evening.

Jade, 26, said: “We haven't had access to water to have a wash, or go to the toilet, or nothing. We have human rights.

"We are vulnerable and have mental health problems. We have to open the car door and go to the toilet outside.

“We’ve got no shower so are just getting changed and not washed.”

The couple also told how they have had to go in the sea to get washed despite the "freezing" temperatures.

Jade and Jud have two children, aged six and three, who live with Jade’s parents.

The Ford Focus, where they are currently living, is packed full of the couple's belongings
The Ford Focus, where they are currently living, is packed full of the couple's belongings

They previously lived in North Ormesby, in properties provided by Middlesbrough Council.

Jud said: “We’re having to s*** and p*** outside, we’ve got no facility to water, no facility to a toilet or a fridge to keep our food fresh.

“We’re having to eat meat that’s been in the heat in the car and it’s been tasting horrible.”

The pair say that they have “had to sell things to get food” and have been handed leftovers by businesses.

They’ve “rationed out” food by sometimes only eating one sandwich per day.

“Sometimes we haven’t been eating at all,” Jade said.

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Jud, 33, said that they have also resorted to begging on the streets for food, money and hot water.

The dad-of-two, who has “lived in Middlesbrough all his life”, told how he has been “driving all over” for the past four weeks.

Jade reported how he has been “driving non-stop every day” which has caused “blisters" on his hands and feet.

Jud said: “I’ve driven 1,000 miles in a week. We don’t know what corner to turn next.”

They claim they have spent between £20 and £30 in fuel each day.

Birmingham Council could not confirm if the accommodation is still available in the city.

"If they return to Birmingham our housing solutions service will assess their circumstances and determine in what way they may be assisted," a council spokesman said.

Middlesbrough Council declined to comment.

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