John lives in a caravan or two with his Mrs and six kids.
He stays on a variety of verges throughout the area at different times of the year. His stays last between a couple of weeks & three or four months. He has access to a variety of vehicles, usually different each time he visits us.
You always know John is in the area because reports of diesel theft increase overnight. The shoplifting at the Co-op increases three-fold. The offenders are always described as teenagers or boys aged eight to ten, all with ginger hair. That’s by the teenage part-time statff at the Co-op, the regular more staff just call them "John’s boys".
John always promises to clear up the inevitable mess he & his family always leave. There is always rubbish. Crates, car parts, drums & containers, nappies. It’s usually close enough to the caravan to be obvious but far enough away for John to deny it ever has anything to do with him or his own. Often John will turn up with a scrapped car & leave it 30 yards down the verge from the caravans. The fairies will mysteriously fill it floor to ceiling with the detritous of his everyday life. He always promises to dispose of the car & contents while simultaneously denying it has anything to do with him. He never actually does. When the car is full it’s usually time to move on.
All the kids get arrested at some stage. Nothing much ever happens to them, there are no consequences and so they continue the only way they know how and get arrested again; they’re not very good at it.
John says he’s too disabled to work. I have no idea whether he gets and free cash from the state though I’m fairly sure his family gets free cash from the residents of the nearby towns; the crime reports tell me that.
Occasionally, John gets a visit from someone who isn’t dressed in uniform. It’s usually the ladies from the Education Department making sure John knows his kids will be welcome at the local school during his stay. They never go.