Birmingham & Black Country

Real life 'Spider-Man' helps homeless in Birmingham

Birmingham Spiderman
Image caption The Birmingham Spider-Man hands out sandwiches bought from supermarkets to people on the street

A real-life "Spider-Man" has started taking to the streets of Birmingham to help the city's poor and needy.

The 20-year-old bar worker, who like the comic book star wishes to keep his identity a secret, buys sandwiches from supermarkets and gives them to homeless people.

He ventures out one or two times a week between 21:00 GMT and midnight.

The do-gooder even has his own Twitter feed - @brumspiderman - so people can follow his adventures.

"I've worked with homeless and vulnerable people for three or four years and love seeing the smiles on people's faces," he said.

"Then I thought 'if they are happy now, imagine how much bigger the smile would be if it was Spider-Man giving out the food.'"

Image caption The real-life superhero already had a costume of the superhero left over from a party

He said he has always been a fan of the web-swinging superhero and already had a Spider-Man costume left over from a birthday party.

"The response has been amazing - there is an instant wow factor," he said.

"People have seen me on Facebook or Twitter and they say what I am doing is really good. Some are even saying they want to do the same.

"I plan to do it for as long as I can."

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