A number of people have turned out to support a Co Westmeath man in his 30s after an apparent attempt to evict him from his home.

Andrew Bradshaw returned to his house at Beechlawns in Mullingar yesterday to find the locks changed on his front door.

Friends and a number of people of the so-called Anti-Eviction Taskforce are now at his residence.

The unemployed panel beater has lived at the house for over ten years.

Mr Bradshaw said that his dogs had been removed, but he later retrieved them, before regaining access to his home.

He spent most of yesterday evening securing locks and boarding up windows with pallets.

A notice has been posted on the front door with contact details for a Dublin-based solicitor and stating that access to the house can be gained by contacting Mullingar Garda Station.

Anti-eviction campaigners and common law activists have called on members of the public to join them at Beechlawns to stop any possible eviction.

A video featuring an interview with Mr Bradshaw has been posted on the internet, in which he gave some details about his circumstances.

He said the death of a close family member and a subsequent road accident, led him to a situation where he was forced to go to sub-prime lenders to keep up with his mortgage repayments.

But his supporters are determined that he has rights.

"It's an asset grab," one supporter said. "This is just another example of tangible assets being arrogantly taken away from ordinary people by banks and financiers."