and DAVID WILLETTS
Published: 13th August 2009
A LANDLADY wept last night as she told how a family of travellers were refusing to budge after trashing her £1million home.
John and Serena Connors and their seven children moved into the five-bed detached home in February, with the
£2,400-a-month rent covered by housing benefit.
But the owners want them out, claiming paying for repairs could BANKRUPT them.
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“I thought we should let the house out to a large struggling family who don’t have much, to give them a chance to live somewhere really nice. But now I wish I hadn’t.”
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She said: “Within weeks, a radiator was pulled off the wall and the water made the ceiling collapse.
“They’ve twice blocked the drains so sewage flowed on to the pavement. They have thrown food, clothes, cat excrement and all manner of rubbish into neighbours’ gardens.
“They’ve ruined the floors, which will cost me about £12,000 — and I don’t have that money. I’m still paying the mortgage and the legal fees are all adding up too.
“The council should have warned me about the family.”
Neighbours, too scared to be named, complained of shouting, swearing and loud music from the house at all hours.
Mrs Connors, originally from Co Wexford in Ireland, has five girls and two boys, aged four to 19. One daughter is believed to be electronically tagged.
Notes warning of thieves and bearing the logos of the Metropolitan Police and the Safer Neighbourhood Team have been distributed locally.
They state: “Thieves are targeting residential homes. Please remain vigilant.”
Yesterday a transit van and a people carrier were parked outside the house.
The bins were overflowing and paving slabs in the drive had been uprooted.
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