A rat-proof homeless den complete with a bed on stilts has been found hidden near the real-life setting of BBC series Peaky Blinders.

A rough sleeper is believed to have salvaged enough from fly-tipped waste to build himself some makeshift furniture and set up a home.

His bed base is propped up on four metal posts made of aluminum beer casks cut off and laid it with mattresses and blankets - thought to prevent rats reaching him as he sleeps.

Crates, boxes and suitcases have been overturned for use as tables and he has a bicycle, BirminghamLive reports.

There is also a washing line where filthy rain-sodden sheets and clothes are draped over to dry.

The den is sited under a railway arch in the shadow of the city centre, in Bordesley.

The sound of the never-ending traffic and echoes from the bridge mean there is never a moment’s peace.

Homeless man's home found in the shadow of Birmingham city centre

Despite the horrid conditions, the sleeper told a local councillor he is “happy” and not in need of help.

The site was discovered by a local last week as he investigated fly-tipping and he contacted the authorities.

Birmingham City Council has alerted its rough sleeper outreach team.

Councillor Shafique Shah visited the man on Monday morning who told him he was happy as he was.

Rough sleeper told councillor he's 'happy' and doesn't need help

Coun Shah said: “Obviously anyone would be shocked to see anyone living in these conditions and I was concerned for his health and safety. He said he had food, water, blankets and did not need help from the council.

“He was perfectly happy. He looked healthy. He was shocked when I turned up. He thanked me for coming.”

The local said: "He is part of a hard to reach hidden community. His place is in direct line of HS2 which will be cleared eventually.

"I feel he's alright. I want the council to be aware of him for his health and safety."

A spokeswoman for Birmingham City Council said: “We would advise all members of the public, if anyone is concerned for someone they believe is sleeping rough, they should tell Street Link.

“Our rough sleeper outreach team will then be sent an alert so we can get help to them.”

The spokeswoman has also flagged this case with the team directly.