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Ed Sheeran is accused of wanting to build railings around his house to keep out the homeless

But the singer has hit back at the claims, saying it is in fact to keep out the paparazzi.

Ed Sheeran is making headlines in the United Kingdom for his decision to build 5ft (1.5m high) railings around his four-bedroom home in London.

The Sun has published a story suggesting it was because he wanted to keep the homeless away.

In the planning permission submitted by his planning agent, the detailed application stated that one of the reasons for wanting to erect the railings outside his townhouse is “preventing opportunities for rough sleeping.”

However Sheeran has taken to Instagram to shut down the accusation.

“Dear Natalie Edwards from the Sun newspaper. Your story is bollocks, I have done lots of work in the past for crisis and shelter and would never build railings outside my home for that reason,” the post read.

“The reason was to keep the paps that you employ from being on my doorstep. Have a good day.”

Ed Sheeran

A spokesperson for the singer told The Sun “this is a standard planning application, which was not written by Ed, and it is not reflective of Ed’s views or feelings on homelessness.”

Sheeran himself has experienced homelessness as a struggling musician, which he revealed in his Visual Journey book four years ago.

“There was an arch outside Buckingham Palace that has a heating duct and I spent a couple of nights there,” he wrote.

“That’s where I wrote the song Homeless and the lines ‘It’s not a homeless night for me, I’m just home less than I’d like to be.'”

Sheeran, known for his love for New Zealand, recently stopped by the Prime Minister’s house for scones and tea. The Prime Minister had previously jokingly responded to his request for Kiwi citizenship, saying that if he liked pineapple lumps and “willing to wear jandals in semi inappropriate situations” he could be in luck.

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