This Country star Paul Cooper is taking BBC Inside Out across the country this evening to meet hoarders.

From 1,500 fishing rods, over 51 years of things, to 40 bags from one bedroom, BBC Inside Out South is following two hoarding experts on their mission to help people overcome hoarding.

Hoarding is now officially recognised as a mental health condition, it’s thought there are roughly 3 million people in Britain with hoarding behaviours, and sadly there are only 20 support groups out there to help people with their illness and daily hoarding battles.

When he’s not appearing in BBC Three’s comedy series This Country as Martin Mucklowe – Paul Cooper is a hoarding expert who travels the country helping people with this often misunderstood condition.

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Along with his colleague Jo Cook, who runs one of the support groups in the South, the pair travels across the UK, helping hoarders get rid of and donate some of their things and work on their condition.

Paul said: “You have to empower the person with hoarding behaviours, unless they are part of that process and in control of that process…there’s no sustainability and they’ll just rehoard.”

Alison, who attends Jo’s support group admits she could do roughly 20 car boots with her hoard, which started as a ‘hobby’ to buy and sell her charity shop finds online.

She wasn’t making any money and even started using the grocery shop money to buy more things.

You can watch Paul in action on Inside Out South on BBC One tonight at 7.30pm.

You can also catch up on the BBC iPlayer.