Dartford Mother Shocked to Find Stranger Camping in Her Front Yard and Eating Strawberry Gateau

Dartford Mother Shocked to Find Stranger Camping in Her Front Yard and Eating Strawberry Gateau

Dartford Mother Surprised to Find Stranger Camping in Her Front Yard and Eating Strawberry GateauBy Laura Elvin

A Dartford mother was taken aback when she discovered an unexpected guest camping in her front yard and indulging in a family-sized strawberry gateau.

Erika White, a finance analyst, was alerted by her young son early Monday morning (June 24) to the presence of a tent on their lawn. The end-of-terrace home was not a typical spot for a campsite, and Erika was shocked to see someone had boldly set up a tent there.

After confronting the trespasser, who initially ignored her request to leave, Erika described the incident as “brazen.” She lives in Dartford with her three children, ages 7, 8, and 14, and was concerned about the safety and well-being of her family.

“It was the absolute audacity of it,” she said. “It’s so brazen.”

Erika’s son noticed the tent while checking the weather and notified his mother. She went outside to politely ask the stranger to leave, but was met with resistance. To her surprise, the trespasser unzipped the tent to reveal a family-sized strawberry gateau inside.

Upon reflection, Erika realized that she had heard noises at around 5am, but assumed it was her scheduled tumble dryer load. She believes the trespasser may have initially set up the tent away from her home, before moving it closer and avoiding her doorbell camera.

After confronting the stranger again at 6:50am, Erika was forced to threaten calling the police before he finally left at around 7:05am. She speculates that he may be a worker at a nearby fruit picking farm, as many commute along the road and he did not speak English as a first language. However, she noted that he appeared presentable and not visibly homeless, adding to the confusion surrounding the incident.

Erika hopes that by sharing her story, she can raise awareness about the importance of safety and security in one’s own home. She also hopes to prevent similar incidents from happening to other families in the area.

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