A MULTI-millionaire claims to have invented a dry and safe space for homeless people to sleep — in a home made out of two wheelie bins.
Peter Dawe believes his rather bizarre sleep pod could go global and help rough sleepers all over the world.
He now plans to make a YouTube video showing people how to create their own pod, which he says cost just £100.
The tech tycoon from Ely, Cambridgeshire, made his millions after founding Unipalm, the UK's first commercial internet provider
The multi-millionaire said he came up with the idea to build the homeless pods after trying to create an electric car out of bins.
"I saw on the telly rough sleepers complaining they had been kicked and pissed upon," recalled the well-heeled pensioner.
"Lying on the street in a sleeping bag, you are very vulnerable."
The inventor said that building the homeless pod was as easy as screwing to bins together.
He affirmed: "It was definitely comfier than sleeping on the ground in a tent.
"It was totally draught-proof, in fact, it’s storm proof.
"It’s really cosy, comfortable and dry."
But people have since blasted the wealthy entrepreneur, saying that asking homeless people to kip in his 'invention' — which looks like two bins that have been knocked over — is demeaning.
A bemused Stewart Graeme tweeted: "People genuinely think shipping containers for the homeless are a great idea — well this is next-level stuff.
"I don't know whether to laugh in disbelief or cry."
While Matthew Taylor fumed: "This is possibly one of the worst and most demeaning inventions I've ever seen.
"Bear in mind that you could buy a cheap tent for that price and it might actually work to sleep in."
This is possibly one of the worst and most demeaning inventions I've ever seenMatthew Taylor
However, the minted 65-year-old rubbished people's opinions — arguing it far worse to be sleeping in the rain and cold.
And he rejected claims it was demeaning to ask a homeless person, to literally live in a bin.
He boasted: "It is a Marmite design.
"Some people think it’s genius, others are actually horrified.
"It's denigrating to be rough sleeping — end of story.
"I think it's more comfortable and more secure sleeping in a sleep pod, rather than being huddled in a wet sleeping bag being kicked."
After jumping inside the wheelie bins for 20 minutes, he came to the conclusion that the bins could store someone’s clothes and bedding during the day — shielding it from adverse weather.
"I’m not solving homelessness or the rough sleeper problem, I’m just mitigating it or giving them the opportunity to," he explained.
"I try not to make any presumptions, and in my view, no one should either."
The privileged OAP is now canvassing opinion among rough sleepers.
Clearly not afraid to showcase his work, has taken two of his inventions to some homeless people outside a night shelter in Cambridge.
He concluded: "Hopefully they will like it, and an awful lot more rough sleepers will have a good night."
Whether or not his invention catches on, the need for a solution to the problem of rough sleeping is clear.
Between 2010 and 2018 the number of people sleeping on the streets rose by 165% across the UK to 4,677.