Scotland's Edinburgh Evening News is reporting that a heavy metal fan has lost his entire collection of rock memorabilia — including a signed drumstick from the drummer of the SCORPIONS and another from JUDAS PRIEST — after the council evicted him from his Edinburgh flat and destroyed all his belongings.
Iranian Kaveh Salehi (photo), 29, was locked out of his council flat on Wardieburn Place West after he took a two-month break to Manchester to check out his chances of getting a new job there.
When he returned, the council had changed the locks and removed his personal belongings, saying he was bound by a clause in the lease to inform them if he was going away for a long period.
But when Salehi, who came to Britain as an asylum seeker five years ago, asked for his belongings back, he was told council workers had got rid of them.
A huge fan of rock music, Salehi had collected more than 2000 CDs, autographs and signed pictures and drumsticks from his favorite heavy metal bands since he arrived in Britain.
The former ScotRail worker also lost photographs of his family in Iran and a valuable Persian carpet his parents had sent to him as a present.
"In Iran, when I was growing up, we weren't allowed to listen to that kind of music," he said. "People would get an odd album of PINK FLOYD or something on the black market, and we were all very interested in western music.
"So since I came to the UK, I have dedicated myself to this music and have spent a lot of time building up a collection. Most of the autographs I have collected, I have got from waiting to meet the bands at gigs. They have great sentimental value to me — they were my life. I had built up a huge collection."
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