A HEAVILY pregnant, homeless 20-year-old says she is a "nervous wreck" after being forced to sleep in her car for almost a week.

Leianne King, who is due to give birth on August 25, has been living in her Vauxhall Astra as she "has nowhere else to go".

She said: "I'm scared at night because I don't feel safe in my car. My back is killing me and I can't sleep properly because there is not enough room.

"I am worried about my baby. I have only got 24 days before I give birth and I am worried about what is going to happen when I have the baby. I can't sleep in a car with a baby. It's just not fair."

Miss King, who moved to Kidderminster three years ago, is currently on maternity leave from her job as a care assistant with Clairmar Care in Kidderminster.

In 2005, she moved out of her Community Housing Group accommodation in Kidderminster's Cherry Orchard to live with her mother, who she no longer has any contact with, and moved in with her former boyfriend, the father of her child, shortly afterwards.

She had been provided with emergency accommodation for the past three months by the housing group after moving out of her ex-boyfriend's home when the relationship broke down.

On Friday, July 20, she received a week's notice to leave the premises and since last Friday she has been pulling up on the town's B& Q car park each night.

"I am annoyed," she said, adding: "I didn't think in my condition I would be left to sleep in my car. I just don't know what I am going to do."

Although she has relatives in Birmingham, she said it was not possible to stay with them due to lack of space.

Community Housing Group's head of housing, Rob Pritchard, said: "Her homeless application has been investigated and she has been found to be intentionally homeless, having previously given up secure accommodation.

"She is now pursuing a complaint and this will be investigated further."

He added the group had provided her with emergency accommodation and assistance for the three months up until July 27.