Cagefighting rapper forced to flee Grimsby as he feels ‘intimidated’

A terrified cage fighter claims he has had to flee Grimbsy to live in a Hull hostel with his partner because of intimidation from local drug dealers.

Aspiring rapper Lee Carnall, 29, from Coventry, has only been living in the town for weeks when he had to leave town for Hull, after dealers wrongly accused him of being a police "grass".

The former traveller, who has had his windows smashed in at his home, said the threats started after a nearby drugs bust.

He is now upset at being branded a grass and believes it is simply because he was new to the area.

Lee told GrimbsyLive : "When I first moved to Grimsby everything was fine, my neighbours seemed to be quite nice and we just tried to keep ourselves to ourselves.

"Then Operation Galaxy did a raid on some of the houses on the street, and the local drug dealers decided that we had been grassing them in to the police, even though we didn't do anything like that at all.

"I think that because we were the newest people on the street, they thought it was us.

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"We were having our house targeted and were being intimidated, so we had to get out of the area because it just wasn't safe."

Because of these troubles, Lee and his partner Sarah fled to Hull, where they spent four nights at a Salvation Army Hostel.

Thankfully, due to his fledgling mixed martial arts (MMA) career, he had some money available to look for accommodation through rentals website Airbnb where he could move to with his family.

Lee had previously made a name for himself as a "rapping traveller" in nationwide music competition Open Mic UK but had to drop out after being injured in a savage attack outside a pub during Hull Fair in 2016.

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Lee said the travelling and Gypsy community had previously helped him to turn his life around when he was a troubled teenager.

"When I was 15 years old, I was involved in all sorts of trouble and ended up living on the streets," he said.

"Thankfully a group of travellers took me in and cared for me and I cannot thank them enough for their kindness.

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"I ended up going all around the country with them working at various fairgrounds and it really helped me to turn my life around.

"People give travellers a bad name but they can be some of the best people that you will ever meet.

"Sadly not all are like that and after I did so well in the Open Mic UK competition, I was attacked by a group of them who were clearly jealous of seeing someone else succeed."

Lee now has plans to work towards making a name for himself in cage-fighting and hopes to one day continue with his music career.

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