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Who's Behind The 'Hope Of Brixton' Fly-tipping?

Who's Behind The 'Hope Of Brixton' Fly-tipping?

A bit of a puzzle for you. Phil Potter (@the_real_phil_pott) contacted us with the following head-scratcher:

I work on the Strand and most mornings you will find a piece of furniture or “home accessory” left next to this lamp post. I’ve previously spotted an old wooden chair and a TV stand. This morning it is this cupboard and door mat, it seems that someone puts them here in the early hours of the morning (see third photo) for anyone to take who needs them – they can’t be just dumping furniture, as surely there are easier less elaborate ways of doing it? Also there is usually a sticker saying on it ‘Hope of Brixton’ but a Google search comes back with nothing – maybe one of your other readers has spotted this too either on the Strand or another location in London– or maybe ‘Hope of Brixton’ will reveal themselves and their reasons behind this venture?

The unusual fly-tipping has also been noted by @CatherineS_L on Strand, while @thefourthcraw found a Hope of Brixton sticker on a mouthwash bottle.

Has anyone else seen these enigmatic objects? Our first instinct is to suspect some kind of slow-burning PR stunt, but then any company illegally dumping stuff as part of a promotion is treading dodgy ground. An artist, then? And why are objects tagged Brixton turning up on Strand? Any thoughts welcome.


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Nina at HaveYouHeardOfIt?

Love everything about Brixton.... http://hyhoi.com/?s=brixton mainly the food :)


There is a woman who calls into BBC Radio 94.9 most mornings who is called Hope of Brixton. A connection?


Yes - I've seen these items. They are usually still there in the evening when I come out of the tube exit next to it. I wonder what's going on?


As a resident of not far away i am afraid it might not be that mysterious. We have no household rubbish bins and what won't go in the little slot on the side of a street bin goes on the street! You should see Maklin street some mornings- you could open a shop.


Hope of Brixton is certainly out and about around St Martins in the early mornings. She does a lot of strange 'charity' work.


Just discovered a note about Hope of Brixton, written on police notepaper and pinned to a tree in Streatham. Most mysterious!


Here's a photo of the note:


Hope of Brixton (Hope Barratt) was a very friendly lady. She obviously had some mental health issues, but was completely harmless. Was always up at St Martins In The Fields very early in the mornings. She died in May.