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Lincoln High Street beggar on Channel 5 documentary, Gypsies on Benefits and Proud

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: April 12, 2014

Viorel Dinu has no legs and lives on benefits to get by

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A Lincoln High Street beggar with no legs featured in a Channel 5 documentary called Gypsies on Benefits and Proud, last night.

Viorel Dinu, 25, is an accordion player who lost his legs in a train accident when he was only seven years old and now gets around on a skateboard.

Claiming £750 a month in benefits, the programme showed how in Romania Viorel had to beg to get by, but is now enjoying a much better life in Lincoln thanks to British benefits.

Mr Dinu, who has lived in the UK since late 2011, said: “I’m originally from Romania and I lost my legs through a train accident.

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“I played on a train track and got run over.

Mr Dinu added: “I like Lincoln. The people here are nice and friendly."

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  • lteimp  |  April 14 2014, 5:11PM

    I have some empathy with the point re having to pay for elderly care as i dio for my mother.However the real issue is citizens across upper income ranges avoiding paying their taxes.These stories are a diversion from the real isues.Its a cheap shot singling this guy out who is clearly trying to shape a better life for himself despite is disability.He is legally entitled to the money and everyone has a vote.Its part of being a grown up nation in an international community.We in Lincoln should be proud of how well we have integrated the influx of immigrants since the EU widened the borders,I wish papers would stop trying to divide a wedge between communities

  • nickythenark  |  April 14 2014, 8:38AM

    Vote UKIP i am.

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  • theknowitall  |  April 13 2014, 5:53PM

    Great, isn't it. My elderly parent has to pay full whack for residence in a care home all because they didn't smoke, drink excessively or gamble only to see non UK people be given money. Hope you are listening Karl because your winning minority is getting smaller. Perhaps , given that India have a Space Program, we could also have the money back that we gave them to build a bridge.

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  • Gary Thompson Building Services  |  April 13 2014, 3:31PM

    I was absolutely disgusted with the program it made me physically sick as we pay pay pay and hve to fight for our benefits and then the Romanians and foreign things come in and get what they want what is our county coming to these people are just scroungers and shouldn't be given a penny they should all be shipped on a boat and sent back and then out country would be a better life

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  • Pete67  |  April 13 2014, 8:00AM

    bluetac - - - Why should he claim there when our lot give him a much better deal, and all for free. It makes you wonder why we paid in doesn't it.

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  • bluetac  |  April 13 2014, 12:21AM

    Well I'm disgusted, after reading about the Romanian welfare system, this chap can claim all this in his own country.

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  • BrentD  |  April 12 2014, 10:42PM

    When will we get back to paying in before drawing out? This is a disgrace - public money should be spent on our own citizens.

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  • theover60s  |  April 12 2014, 4:28PM

    why has my comment been taken off

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  • theover60s  |  April 12 2014, 3:59PM

    what i would like to say about the programme on here and what i can say are two different things but it just shows what an easy touch this country is, scroungers must love us, disgusting and appalling.

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