Communities urged to 'look out for each other' after pensioner's body found six years after death

Communities urged to 'look out for each other' after pensioner's body found six years after death

Communities urged to 'look out for each other' after pensioner's body found six years after death

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COMMUNITIES are being urged to look-out for their elderly neighbours after the body of a pensioner was discovered in a Bournemouth flat, six years after she is believed to have died.

As exclusively revealed in yesterday’s Echo, the ‘mummified’ body of a woman in her seventies, named locally as Anne Leitrim, was discovery on Tuesday at a ground-floor flat in Tolpuddle Gardens in Throop.

Following the tragic discovery, councillor Blair Crawford, portfolio holder for adult social care at Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “This is very sad news and serves as a reminder to us all to take the time to check on our neighbours, especially those that are elderly and live on their own.

"By taking a moment to knock on a neighbour’s door and check that they are ok can really help those that are feeling lonely.”

Tobias Ellwood, Bournemouth East MP, added: “This is a really tragic case and shows how important it is to create a strong community feeling and take an interest in our neighbours.”

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10:25am Fri 27 Jun 14

TalkToTheTrees says...

'Tobias Ellwood, Bournemouth East MP, added: “This is a really tragic case and shows how important it is to create a strong community feeling and take an interest in our neighbours.”'

Sadly, the idea of a community working together for each others benefit have passed. Years of Mr Ellwood's party's market-led Thatcherite ideology based on individualism and the authoritarian strong central state has resulted in a 'me-first' attitude being the default for most.
'Tobias Ellwood, Bournemouth East MP, added: “This is a really tragic case and shows how important it is to create a strong community feeling and take an interest in our neighbours.”' Sadly, the idea of a community working together for each others benefit have passed. Years of Mr Ellwood's party's market-led Thatcherite ideology based on individualism and the authoritarian strong central state has resulted in a 'me-first' attitude being the default for most. TalkToTheTrees
  • Score: 11

10:34am Fri 27 Jun 14

hadvar says...

Yep, as expected the establishment, both local and national, blame the community. The 'big society' stuff was utter bilge from the word go. Tax goes up, services provided by that tax money get worse, and 'strong communities' are meant to step up and fill the gap. Idea : reverse the 5% tax cut for the filthy rich, and spend that money on care for the elderly.
Yep, as expected the establishment, both local and national, blame the community. The 'big society' stuff was utter bilge from the word go. Tax goes up, services provided by that tax money get worse, and 'strong communities' are meant to step up and fill the gap. Idea : reverse the 5% tax cut for the filthy rich, and spend that money on care for the elderly. hadvar
  • Score: 6

10:38am Fri 27 Jun 14

Ollieblog says...

It's not just the older people who get forgotten - a woman in Ringwood was dead for a year and she was in her early 50s. Look out for everybody.
It's not just the older people who get forgotten - a woman in Ringwood was dead for a year and she was in her early 50s. Look out for everybody. Ollieblog
  • Score: 5

10:39am Fri 27 Jun 14

TheDistrict says...

I agree with the above, but what does it take to take a few steps to a neighbours door and ascertain that they are well. As I pointed out yesterday, myself and other neighbours regularly knock on neighbours doors to check on them if they have not been seen any day. I have telephone numbers of 3 neighbours, and they have mine if needed.

It is in my opinion that in this day and age, this sort of thing can happen.

Incidentally, is the property Council, Private Landlord, or Private Residents.
I agree with the above, but what does it take to take a few steps to a neighbours door and ascertain that they are well. As I pointed out yesterday, myself and other neighbours regularly knock on neighbours doors to check on them if they have not been seen any day. I have telephone numbers of 3 neighbours, and they have mine if needed. It is in my opinion that in this day and age, this sort of thing can happen. Incidentally, is the property Council, Private Landlord, or Private Residents. TheDistrict
  • Score: 3

10:59am Fri 27 Jun 14

chris100 says...

If the bailiffs entered the property that means they must have been there got non payment of council tax or rent so why has it taken the council so long to realise that stuff wasn't getting paid ??

Also where had her car gone. ??
If the bailiffs entered the property that means they must have been there got non payment of council tax or rent so why has it taken the council so long to realise that stuff wasn't getting paid ?? Also where had her car gone. ?? chris100
  • Score: 6

2:13pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Lord Spring says...

chris100 wrote:
If the bailiffs entered the property that means they must have been there got non payment of council tax or rent so why has it taken the council so long to realise that stuff wasn't getting paid ??

Also where had her car gone. ??
More to the point what happens next, do the council class it as a void property over the last 6 years or occupied. and claim the amount due from the estate.
[quote][p][bold]chris100[/bold] wrote: If the bailiffs entered the property that means they must have been there got non payment of council tax or rent so why has it taken the council so long to realise that stuff wasn't getting paid ?? Also where had her car gone. ??[/p][/quote]More to the point what happens next, do the council class it as a void property over the last 6 years or occupied. and claim the amount due from the estate. Lord Spring
  • Score: 3

3:02pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Huey says...

If every street had at least one trained cadaver dog, then these types of incidents would never happen again
If every street had at least one trained cadaver dog, then these types of incidents would never happen again Huey
  • Score: -3

3:36pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

My guess is that the residents there will force themselves to have a brief chat, a nod, a wink, a hello, a 'good morning' a 'how are you?' for about 2 months while this story is fresh in their minds, and they feel 'morally obliged' to behave more neighbourly.

Then the novelty will wear off and it will return to how it was before.

Its not their fault, its just the way we are these days.
My guess is that the residents there will force themselves to have a brief chat, a nod, a wink, a hello, a 'good morning' a 'how are you?' for about 2 months while this story is fresh in their minds, and they feel 'morally obliged' to behave more neighbourly. Then the novelty will wear off and it will return to how it was before. Its not their fault, its just the way we are these days. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 2

3:39pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Evielyn says...

I must voice my concern about the lack of professional interest in this lady's property To reach the state of calling in the Bailiffs surely certain rules have to be applied Don't the council have to at least try to find out why the tax and amenities haven't been paid! Didn't the Gas Electric and even the phone companies try to find out why obviously not. I wonder why if any of these people did call why, they failed to notice the general run down look of the property the state of the windows etc. I also wonder why local people never wondered why if they believed the lady had moved away why she had never sold her property and why it was so run down and the lack of lights on in the winter I would like to think that someone would have been at the least a bit curious
I must voice my concern about the lack of professional interest in this lady's property To reach the state of calling in the Bailiffs surely certain rules have to be applied Don't the council have to at least try to find out why the tax and amenities haven't been paid! Didn't the Gas Electric and even the phone companies try to find out why obviously not. I wonder why if any of these people did call why, they failed to notice the general run down look of the property the state of the windows etc. I also wonder why local people never wondered why if they believed the lady had moved away why she had never sold her property and why it was so run down and the lack of lights on in the winter I would like to think that someone would have been at the least a bit curious Evielyn
  • Score: 1

3:58pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Evielyn says...

For the Bailiffs to have been called in the Council and general amenities people must have called at this lady's flat first to have tried to find out why she was not paying her bills etc. I find it very sad that none of them cottoned on to the state of the place the general uncared for look especially of the windows All of this must have taken place over at least a couple of months with different officers turning up at different days and different times also wonder why no one wondered why when they thought she had moved away why she had never attempted to sell her property! Just really the general lack of curiosity
For the Bailiffs to have been called in the Council and general amenities people must have called at this lady's flat first to have tried to find out why she was not paying her bills etc. I find it very sad that none of them cottoned on to the state of the place the general uncared for look especially of the windows All of this must have taken place over at least a couple of months with different officers turning up at different days and different times also wonder why no one wondered why when they thought she had moved away why she had never attempted to sell her property! Just really the general lack of curiosity Evielyn
  • Score: 0

10:08am Sat 28 Jun 14

Baysider says...

Evielyn wrote:
For the Bailiffs to have been called in the Council and general amenities people must have called at this lady's flat first to have tried to find out why she was not paying her bills etc. I find it very sad that none of them cottoned on to the state of the place the general uncared for look especially of the windows All of this must have taken place over at least a couple of months with different officers turning up at different days and different times also wonder why no one wondered why when they thought she had moved away why she had never attempted to sell her property! Just really the general lack of curiosity
Never heard of Direct Debits then? Seriously, do you now expect the local authority to knock on everyone's door every week just to make sure they are alive? If there's any blame to apportion (and I'm not sure there is tbh) it lies with the family, friends and relatives. This yet another shameful attempt to use a really sad event to have a go at the council for factors totally out of their control.
[quote][p][bold]Evielyn[/bold] wrote: For the Bailiffs to have been called in the Council and general amenities people must have called at this lady's flat first to have tried to find out why she was not paying her bills etc. I find it very sad that none of them cottoned on to the state of the place the general uncared for look especially of the windows All of this must have taken place over at least a couple of months with different officers turning up at different days and different times also wonder why no one wondered why when they thought she had moved away why she had never attempted to sell her property! Just really the general lack of curiosity[/p][/quote]Never heard of Direct Debits then? Seriously, do you now expect the local authority to knock on everyone's door every week just to make sure they are alive? If there's any blame to apportion (and I'm not sure there is tbh) it lies with the family, friends and relatives. This yet another shameful attempt to use a really sad event to have a go at the council for factors totally out of their control. Baysider
  • Score: 1

10:12am Sat 28 Jun 14

Baysider says...

Thanks for the advice though Tobias but I thought your darling Maggie declared, "there is no such thing as society"??? Now crawl back into the shadows where you reside in between elections and stop pontificating please.
Thanks for the advice though Tobias but I thought your darling Maggie declared, "there is no such thing as society"??? Now crawl back into the shadows where you reside in between elections and stop pontificating please. Baysider
  • Score: -2

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