When it comes to de­liv­er­ies on your doorstep, Ian proves he’s the pasta masta

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - Front Page - BY IQRA FA­ROOQ

A PASTA en­thu­si­ast has re­vealed he is try­ing to help t h o u s a n d s o f D u n de e res­i­dents by mys­te­ri­ously de­liv­er­ing pack­ets of out-of­date fusilli to mul­tis.

Bags of pasta ap­peared at the doors of peo­ple liv­ing in flats in the Hill­town and Lochee on Tues­day night, leav­ing res­i­dents per­plexed as to who had done it and why.

Now Ian Bell, 57, has con­fessed to dis­tribut­ing the pasta after stock­pil­ing the fusilli, as well as tinned toma­toes, since April 2014, say­ing he had more than 5,500 in­di­vid­ual bags of whole­wheat pasta at one point.

Ian, pic­tured, said: “I have so much of the stuff and I wanted to help oth­ers and put my­self on the world stage. I de­cided to go to the Hill­town and Lochee mul­tis.

“I would have liked to have done more but it’s dif­fi­cult to get past the in­ter­com sys­tem and trans­port it up to the Hill­town mul­tis.

“My aim is to help thou­sands of peo­ple in the Dundee area and cre­ate work for peo­ple. Some peo­ple don’t even have enough money to feed their chil­dren.”

He added: “Peo­ple are say­ing it’s out of date and put it in the bin straight away, but they don’t ap­pre­ci­ate how peo­ple around the world are strug­gling to eat.

“I have given it to peo­ple who can han­dle it.”

Ian ad­mit­ted that his pasta distri­bu­tion isn’t about to stop any time soon.

The Old Hawkhill res­i­dent said: “I am go­ing to the mul­tis on the Lochee by­pass at the start of South Road and three oth­ers on Coupar An­gus Road at Lands­downe.

“I’ve tried tak­ing it to food­banks be­fore but you don’t know where the pasta is go­ing and I can’t leave it out­side be­cause pasta doesn’t mix well with rain. You don’t re­alise when you’re ad­dicted to a prod­uct just how big it is. I might have more pasta in my house than you would get in the su­per­mar­kets.

“In fu­ture, I would like to start my own pasta pro­duc­tion line. What I’m do­ing isn’t a food­bank, it’s food bank­ing.”

Ian says he is hop­ing to branch out into dif­fer­ent prod­ucts by build­ing up a col­lec­tion of gar­lic and pasta sauces too.

One of the re­cip­i­ents of the pasta pack was Casey Bell, 19, who stays in El­ders Court.

She said: “I saw ev­ery­one in the land­ing had it, plus the down­stairs land­ing – some­one left a note in the lift warn­ing peo­ple about it.

“I thought it was a joke. Mine was seven years out of date.

“I’ve brought it in for now but it’s go­ing to be go­ing in the bin.”

David Martin, 26, a plumber from Tul­loch Court, said: “I saw the funny side of it and let out a gig­gle.

“But then I started to think more into things and thought: ‘What if this is a gang-re­lated scheme and they have used the pasta to see if some­one will take it in­side their house?’

“If they come back and the pasta is not there, then that house has some­one stay­ing there just now.

“If the pasta is still out­side the door then the house has been empty and can be robbed.”

An­other El­ders Court res­i­dent, Michael Mcpher­son, 21 said his pack went out off ddate iin 20152015. HEH added: dd d “I found it quite hys­ter­i­cal and told my flat­mate to look out­side the door. She thought some­one was play­ing a joke.

“I re­fused to even bring it in­side my house. I just left it out­side my door and have not even touched it.”

The maker of Ian’s pre­ferred brand of pasta, Napolina, was ap­proached for com­ment but hadn’t re­sponded at the time of go­ing to press.

Ian has a room full of pasta in his Old Hawkhill home.

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