Council made "several visits" to flat where nurse lay dead for seven years

Flats in Tolpuddle Gardens in Throop

Coroner Sheriff Payne

First published in News by

COUNCIL officials made “several visits” to the flat in which the body of a Bournemouth nurse is believed to have lain unnoticed for seven years, Bournemouth Borough Council has revealed.

Anne Leitrim’s body was found lying under her bed at her home in Tolpuddle Gardens, Throop, on June 24.

The children’s nurse, who is believed to have been 58 when she died, was discovered by bailiffs who had been instructed to repossess the property.

A statement issued by Bournemouth Borough Council on behalf of Robin Ingleton, service director for strategic finance, said council tax payments were the only capacity in which Ms Leitrim was known to the council.

The statement read: “Our officers visited the property belonging to Anne Leitrim on several occasions in relation to the collection of overdue council tax.

“On these occasions, we spoke to a number of people living nearby to try to establish her whereabouts but all our enquiries and due diligence led us to believe she had left the Bournemouth area.”

The council said officers do not have legal powers to force entry to the property and when visits were made the officers were unable to see inside and did not notice anything “unusual”.

The statement continued: “It is very sad in these modern times that this can happen and that someone can lay in this situation for such a long time.”

Ms Leitrim had worked as a children’s nurse at Homerton University Hospital in London for seven years prior to her death.

Last week a spokesman from the hospital said “several attempts” were made to contact her and it was “not unusual” for staff to leave without giving notice.

He added: “At the time there was a very high turnover of nursing staff particularly in the area where she worked.”

On Thursday an inquest into Ms Leitrim’s death was opened and adjourned at Bournemouth Coroner’s Court.

After conducting a post-mortem consultant pathologist Vipul Foria recorded the cause of death as “unascertained”, the court was told. Sheriff Payne, coroner for Bournemouth, Poole and the East Dorset District, adjourned the inquest until October to allow further enquiries to be made.

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7:54am Thu 21 Aug 14

60plus says...

The hospital where she worked should have her date of birth on their payroll ,she would have to shown her nhi card.
The hospital where she worked should have her date of birth on their payroll ,she would have to shown her nhi card. 60plus
  • Score: 5

8:18am Thu 21 Aug 14

sunny1966 says...

Dorset Council again, Continued bad press, bloody usless organisation.
Dorset Council again, Continued bad press, bloody usless organisation. sunny1966
  • Score: -22

8:43am Thu 21 Aug 14

spooki says...

So if they thought she'd moved out, "all our enquiries and due diligence led us to believe she had left the Bournemouth area,” why didn't they go inside to refurb and get a new tenant?
Too many things missed in this awful situation.
So if they thought she'd moved out, "all our enquiries and due diligence led us to believe she had left the Bournemouth area,” why didn't they go inside to refurb and get a new tenant? Too many things missed in this awful situation. spooki
  • Score: -10

8:46am Thu 21 Aug 14

NickTheGreekinBmth says...

spooki wrote:
So if they thought she'd moved out, "all our enquiries and due diligence led us to believe she had left the Bournemouth area,” why didn't they go inside to refurb and get a new tenant?
Too many things missed in this awful situation.
Because it was a private residence...?!
And beacuse they have no powers to enter the property, as stated in the article. Read, people., read!
[quote][p][bold]spooki[/bold] wrote: So if they thought she'd moved out, "all our enquiries and due diligence led us to believe she had left the Bournemouth area,” why didn't they go inside to refurb and get a new tenant? Too many things missed in this awful situation.[/p][/quote]Because it was a private residence...?! And beacuse they have no powers to enter the property, as stated in the article. Read, people., read! NickTheGreekinBmth
  • Score: 42

8:48am Thu 21 Aug 14

muscliffman says...

sunny1966 wrote:
Dorset Council again, Continued bad press, bloody usless organisation.
Where did Dorset Council come from? I know the Echo keep moving this poor souls property to Throop when it's actually some distance away over in the middle of Muscliff, but so far at least they have kept it in Bournemouth - whose Council this article references.
[quote][p][bold]sunny1966[/bold] wrote: Dorset Council again, Continued bad press, bloody usless organisation.[/p][/quote]Where did Dorset Council come from? I know the Echo keep moving this poor souls property to Throop when it's actually some distance away over in the middle of Muscliff, but so far at least they have kept it in Bournemouth - whose Council this article references. muscliffman
  • Score: 21

9:05am Thu 21 Aug 14

marticatye17 says...

Did no one not look through the letterbox? Surely they would have seen everything still in place, or the smell! Or the post piling up? If she had movedshe would have had her post redirected. Did no one look into it to see if that had happened? The council may not have had permission to enter but they could have contacted the police to do so!!
Did no one not look through the letterbox? Surely they would have seen everything still in place, or the smell! Or the post piling up? If she had movedshe would have had her post redirected. Did no one look into it to see if that had happened? The council may not have had permission to enter but they could have contacted the police to do so!! marticatye17
  • Score: -3

9:33am Thu 21 Aug 14

BIGTONE says...

So,even after at least 6 years of unpaid Council tax,the Council didn't take any enforcement action? Epic fail.

How many people out there have not paid their Council tax for 6-7 years?

No excuse.
So,even after at least 6 years of unpaid Council tax,the Council didn't take any enforcement action? Epic fail. How many people out there have not paid their Council tax for 6-7 years? No excuse. BIGTONE
  • Score: 10

9:52am Thu 21 Aug 14

NickTheGreekinBmth says...

BIGTONE wrote:
So,even after at least 6 years of unpaid Council tax,the Council didn't take any enforcement action? Epic fail.

How many people out there have not paid their Council tax for 6-7 years?

No excuse.
Er - another failure to read the article.Do keep up, please. They took enforcement action, they went round "several times" as part of that, they saw nothing unusual, neighbours said she'd moved away and they have no powers to enter the house. Your suggestions for further action are?
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: So,even after at least 6 years of unpaid Council tax,the Council didn't take any enforcement action? Epic fail. How many people out there have not paid their Council tax for 6-7 years? No excuse.[/p][/quote]Er - another failure to read the article.Do keep up, please. They took enforcement action, they went round "several times" as part of that, they saw nothing unusual, neighbours said she'd moved away and they have no powers to enter the house. Your suggestions for further action are? NickTheGreekinBmth
  • Score: 14

10:00am Thu 21 Aug 14

shh I am at work says...

Is it not odd she was under the bed?
Is it not odd she was under the bed? shh I am at work
  • Score: 15

10:43am Thu 21 Aug 14

Baysider says...

BIGTONE wrote:
So,even after at least 6 years of unpaid Council tax,the Council didn't take any enforcement action? Epic fail.

How many people out there have not paid their Council tax for 6-7 years?

No excuse.
Never heard of direct debits then Tone? I assume once they ran out the mortgage co and the council and probably others started pursuing payment The simple fact is this is not the fault of the council in any way but you and others just cannot help shoehorning in your anti-public sector bile when actually it's just a tragic set of circumstances. You should be ashamed of yourself for using those circumstances for your own ignorant agenda.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: So,even after at least 6 years of unpaid Council tax,the Council didn't take any enforcement action? Epic fail. How many people out there have not paid their Council tax for 6-7 years? No excuse.[/p][/quote]Never heard of direct debits then Tone? I assume once they ran out the mortgage co and the council and probably others started pursuing payment The simple fact is this is not the fault of the council in any way but you and others just cannot help shoehorning in your anti-public sector bile when actually it's just a tragic set of circumstances. You should be ashamed of yourself for using those circumstances for your own ignorant agenda. Baysider
  • Score: 16

11:38am Thu 21 Aug 14

BIGTONE says...

NickTheGreekinBmth wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
So,even after at least 6 years of unpaid Council tax,the Council didn't take any enforcement action? Epic fail.

How many people out there have not paid their Council tax for 6-7 years?

No excuse.
Er - another failure to read the article.Do keep up, please. They took enforcement action, they went round "several times" as part of that, they saw nothing unusual, neighbours said she'd moved away and they have no powers to enter the house. Your suggestions for further action are?
So pray tell us oh Greek knowledgable one......explain how it took 7 years for bailiffs to go round with a warrant of entry?
You need to read the English not Greek,between the lines of the story.

So by my reckoning,I have 7 years of not paying my Council tax before the bailiffs come and smash my door down? Errr I don't think so.
It's all Greek to me.........
[quote][p][bold]NickTheGreekinBmth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: So,even after at least 6 years of unpaid Council tax,the Council didn't take any enforcement action? Epic fail. How many people out there have not paid their Council tax for 6-7 years? No excuse.[/p][/quote]Er - another failure to read the article.Do keep up, please. They took enforcement action, they went round "several times" as part of that, they saw nothing unusual, neighbours said she'd moved away and they have no powers to enter the house. Your suggestions for further action are?[/p][/quote]So pray tell us oh Greek knowledgable one......explain how it took 7 years for bailiffs to go round with a warrant of entry? You need to read the English not Greek,between the lines of the story. So by my reckoning,I have 7 years of not paying my Council tax before the bailiffs come and smash my door down? Errr I don't think so. It's all Greek to me......... BIGTONE
  • Score: -4

11:49am Thu 21 Aug 14

BIGTONE says...

Baysider wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
So,even after at least 6 years of unpaid Council tax,the Council didn't take any enforcement action? Epic fail.

How many people out there have not paid their Council tax for 6-7 years?

No excuse.
Never heard of direct debits then Tone? I assume once they ran out the mortgage co and the council and probably others started pursuing payment The simple fact is this is not the fault of the council in any way but you and others just cannot help shoehorning in your anti-public sector bile when actually it's just a tragic set of circumstances. You should be ashamed of yourself for using those circumstances for your own ignorant agenda.
Yes it is the fault of the Council. What about the electoral register just for one example.
Who is that run by and implemented by?
Who fines you for non compliance of returning forms?
How many electoral updates will they have done in 7 years?
The Council had several opportunities from several sources to realise something was amiss.
I reiterate.....epic fail.
[quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: So,even after at least 6 years of unpaid Council tax,the Council didn't take any enforcement action? Epic fail. How many people out there have not paid their Council tax for 6-7 years? No excuse.[/p][/quote]Never heard of direct debits then Tone? I assume once they ran out the mortgage co and the council and probably others started pursuing payment The simple fact is this is not the fault of the council in any way but you and others just cannot help shoehorning in your anti-public sector bile when actually it's just a tragic set of circumstances. You should be ashamed of yourself for using those circumstances for your own ignorant agenda.[/p][/quote]Yes it is the fault of the Council. What about the electoral register just for one example. Who is that run by and implemented by? Who fines you for non compliance of returning forms? How many electoral updates will they have done in 7 years? The Council had several opportunities from several sources to realise something was amiss. I reiterate.....epic fail. BIGTONE
  • Score: -3

11:52am Thu 21 Aug 14

BIGTONE says...

BIGTONE wrote:
Baysider wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
So,even after at least 6 years of unpaid Council tax,the Council didn't take any enforcement action? Epic fail.

How many people out there have not paid their Council tax for 6-7 years?

No excuse.
Never heard of direct debits then Tone? I assume once they ran out the mortgage co and the council and probably others started pursuing payment The simple fact is this is not the fault of the council in any way but you and others just cannot help shoehorning in your anti-public sector bile when actually it's just a tragic set of circumstances. You should be ashamed of yourself for using those circumstances for your own ignorant agenda.
Yes it is the fault of the Council. What about the electoral register just for one example.
Who is that run by and implemented by?
Who fines you for non compliance of returning forms?
How many electoral updates will they have done in 7 years?
The Council had several opportunities from several sources to realise something was amiss.
I reiterate.....epic fail.
Explain that one Slider.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: So,even after at least 6 years of unpaid Council tax,the Council didn't take any enforcement action? Epic fail. How many people out there have not paid their Council tax for 6-7 years? No excuse.[/p][/quote]Never heard of direct debits then Tone? I assume once they ran out the mortgage co and the council and probably others started pursuing payment The simple fact is this is not the fault of the council in any way but you and others just cannot help shoehorning in your anti-public sector bile when actually it's just a tragic set of circumstances. You should be ashamed of yourself for using those circumstances for your own ignorant agenda.[/p][/quote]Yes it is the fault of the Council. What about the electoral register just for one example. Who is that run by and implemented by? Who fines you for non compliance of returning forms? How many electoral updates will they have done in 7 years? The Council had several opportunities from several sources to realise something was amiss. I reiterate.....epic fail.[/p][/quote]Explain that one Slider. BIGTONE
  • Score: -2

12:27pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Carl Baron says...

Can you really believe it wasn't Murder who in HELL would crawl under a bed to DIE. Body of Dead Nurse discovered Under her bed lay there for approximately 7 years and the so-called coroner recorded the cause of death as “UN-ascertained” This case requires a more diligent consultant pathologist, like Dr. Quincy don't you think?
Can you really believe it wasn't Murder who in HELL would crawl under a bed to DIE. Body of Dead Nurse discovered Under her bed lay there for approximately 7 years and the so-called coroner recorded the cause of death as “UN-ascertained” This case requires a more diligent consultant pathologist, like Dr. Quincy don't you think? Carl Baron
  • Score: 6

1:15pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Baysider says...

BIGTONE wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
Baysider wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
So,even after at least 6 years of unpaid Council tax,the Council didn't take any enforcement action? Epic fail.

How many people out there have not paid their Council tax for 6-7 years?

No excuse.
Never heard of direct debits then Tone? I assume once they ran out the mortgage co and the council and probably others started pursuing payment The simple fact is this is not the fault of the council in any way but you and others just cannot help shoehorning in your anti-public sector bile when actually it's just a tragic set of circumstances. You should be ashamed of yourself for using those circumstances for your own ignorant agenda.
Yes it is the fault of the Council. What about the electoral register just for one example.
Who is that run by and implemented by?
Who fines you for non compliance of returning forms?
How many electoral updates will they have done in 7 years?
The Council had several opportunities from several sources to realise something was amiss.
I reiterate.....epic fail.
Explain that one Slider.
Oh dear. I think you meant to log in again with one of your other accounts before posting in agreement with yourself. If anyone is failing epically around here it's not the council or me. And why don't you publish your pathetic little nickname for me I full btw? Could it be because it's both sub-schoolboy and homophobic by any chance?
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: So,even after at least 6 years of unpaid Council tax,the Council didn't take any enforcement action? Epic fail. How many people out there have not paid their Council tax for 6-7 years? No excuse.[/p][/quote]Never heard of direct debits then Tone? I assume once they ran out the mortgage co and the council and probably others started pursuing payment The simple fact is this is not the fault of the council in any way but you and others just cannot help shoehorning in your anti-public sector bile when actually it's just a tragic set of circumstances. You should be ashamed of yourself for using those circumstances for your own ignorant agenda.[/p][/quote]Yes it is the fault of the Council. What about the electoral register just for one example. Who is that run by and implemented by? Who fines you for non compliance of returning forms? How many electoral updates will they have done in 7 years? The Council had several opportunities from several sources to realise something was amiss. I reiterate.....epic fail.[/p][/quote]Explain that one Slider.[/p][/quote]Oh dear. I think you meant to log in again with one of your other accounts before posting in agreement with yourself. If anyone is failing epically around here it's not the council or me. And why don't you publish your pathetic little nickname for me I full btw? Could it be because it's both sub-schoolboy and homophobic by any chance? Baysider
  • Score: 1

2:16pm Thu 21 Aug 14

gerksmo says...

Baysider wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
Baysider wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
So,even after at least 6 years of unpaid Council tax,the Council didn't take any enforcement action? Epic fail.

How many people out there have not paid their Council tax for 6-7 years?

No excuse.
Never heard of direct debits then Tone? I assume once they ran out the mortgage co and the council and probably others started pursuing payment The simple fact is this is not the fault of the council in any way but you and others just cannot help shoehorning in your anti-public sector bile when actually it's just a tragic set of circumstances. You should be ashamed of yourself for using those circumstances for your own ignorant agenda.
Yes it is the fault of the Council. What about the electoral register just for one example.
Who is that run by and implemented by?
Who fines you for non compliance of returning forms?
How many electoral updates will they have done in 7 years?
The Council had several opportunities from several sources to realise something was amiss.
I reiterate.....epic fail.
Explain that one Slider.
Oh dear. I think you meant to log in again with one of your other accounts before posting in agreement with yourself. If anyone is failing epically around here it's not the council or me. And why don't you publish your pathetic little nickname for me I full btw? Could it be because it's both sub-schoolboy and homophobic by any chance?
Baysider your not employed by the council by anychance??????????
[quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: So,even after at least 6 years of unpaid Council tax,the Council didn't take any enforcement action? Epic fail. How many people out there have not paid their Council tax for 6-7 years? No excuse.[/p][/quote]Never heard of direct debits then Tone? I assume once they ran out the mortgage co and the council and probably others started pursuing payment The simple fact is this is not the fault of the council in any way but you and others just cannot help shoehorning in your anti-public sector bile when actually it's just a tragic set of circumstances. You should be ashamed of yourself for using those circumstances for your own ignorant agenda.[/p][/quote]Yes it is the fault of the Council. What about the electoral register just for one example. Who is that run by and implemented by? Who fines you for non compliance of returning forms? How many electoral updates will they have done in 7 years? The Council had several opportunities from several sources to realise something was amiss. I reiterate.....epic fail.[/p][/quote]Explain that one Slider.[/p][/quote]Oh dear. I think you meant to log in again with one of your other accounts before posting in agreement with yourself. If anyone is failing epically around here it's not the council or me. And why don't you publish your pathetic little nickname for me I full btw? Could it be because it's both sub-schoolboy and homophobic by any chance?[/p][/quote]Baysider your not employed by the council by anychance?????????? gerksmo
  • Score: 2

3:22pm Thu 21 Aug 14

SeafaringMan says...

60plus wrote:
The hospital where she worked should have her date of birth on their payroll ,she would have to shown her nhi card.
I know my National Insurance Number but I don't have such a thing as an "nhi card".
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: The hospital where she worked should have her date of birth on their payroll ,she would have to shown her nhi card.[/p][/quote]I know my National Insurance Number but I don't have such a thing as an "nhi card". SeafaringMan
  • Score: 1

10:33pm Thu 21 Aug 14

BIGTONE says...

Slider says......"but I'm a very happily married man thanks"

So was Elton John....haaaaaaaa

Anyway,you are off your trolley slider.
You need to better allocate your medication so as not to run out when the medical centre is shut.
8am tomorrow.....get in there.
Slider says......"but I'm a very happily married man thanks" So was Elton John....haaaaaaaa Anyway,you are off your trolley slider. You need to better allocate your medication so as not to run out when the medical centre is shut. 8am tomorrow.....get in there. BIGTONE
  • Score: 4

12:59am Fri 22 Aug 14

Yankee1 says...

While all sorts of blame can be leveled at the Council, NHS, etc etc...I have one question:

Where was her family?
While all sorts of blame can be leveled at the Council, NHS, etc etc...I have one question: Where was her family? Yankee1
  • Score: 1

7:16am Fri 22 Aug 14

Baysider says...

BIGTONE wrote:
Slider says......"but I'm a very happily married man thanks"

So was Elton John....haaaaaaaa

Anyway,you are off your trolley slider.
You need to better allocate your medication so as not to run out when the medical centre is shut.
8am tomorrow.....get in there.
I have literally no idea how you function as an adult but give yourself a pat on the back for getting in your playground insults.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: Slider says......"but I'm a very happily married man thanks" So was Elton John....haaaaaaaa Anyway,you are off your trolley slider. You need to better allocate your medication so as not to run out when the medical centre is shut. 8am tomorrow.....get in there.[/p][/quote]I have literally no idea how you function as an adult but give yourself a pat on the back for getting in your playground insults. Baysider
  • Score: 0

8:27am Fri 22 Aug 14

JackJohnson says...

60plus wrote:
The hospital where she worked should have her date of birth on their payroll ,she would have to shown her nhi card.
I'm quite sure the coroner knows her date of birth. Why it would matter to anyone other than the coroner and any friends/family is beyond me.

I'm assuming that there were no friends or family looking out for her.

Very sad story, but if all expenses are paid by direct debit until reserves run out/the overdraft hits its limit, there are no trips to the post office to collect pensions, there are no day to day visitors (such as milkmen) and no actively involved friends or family that's what'll happen.

I wonder what happened to her post. I can only assume it was a shared lobby so someone was disposing of the junk mail and putting personal mail through an internal letter box. Perhaps there wasn't enough personal mail to build up enough to cause concern.

IMHO this says a lot more about her local community than it does about any council or other authority.
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: The hospital where she worked should have her date of birth on their payroll ,she would have to shown her nhi card.[/p][/quote]I'm quite sure the coroner knows her date of birth. Why it would matter to anyone other than the coroner and any friends/family is beyond me. I'm assuming that there were no friends or family looking out for her. Very sad story, but if all expenses are paid by direct debit until reserves run out/the overdraft hits its limit, there are no trips to the post office to collect pensions, there are no day to day visitors (such as milkmen) and no actively involved friends or family that's what'll happen. I wonder what happened to her post. I can only assume it was a shared lobby so someone was disposing of the junk mail and putting personal mail through an internal letter box. Perhaps there wasn't enough personal mail to build up enough to cause concern. IMHO this says a lot more about her local community than it does about any council or other authority. JackJohnson
  • Score: 0

4:03pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Evielyn says...

I find it very sad that this poor lady had no family at all to wonder what had happened to her. Most people have some one even if it's only a friend to look out for them. And to be found under a bed was strange as well it was obviously one you could crawl under! did she attempt to crawl under there to get something and suffer a heart attack We will never know if perhaps she cried out for help and no one heard her How very sad that to think that you can die in the 21st century and that no one any where either knows or cares!
I find it very sad that this poor lady had no family at all to wonder what had happened to her. Most people have some one even if it's only a friend to look out for them. And to be found under a bed was strange as well it was obviously one you could crawl under! did she attempt to crawl under there to get something and suffer a heart attack We will never know if perhaps she cried out for help and no one heard her How very sad that to think that you can die in the 21st century and that no one any where either knows or cares! Evielyn
  • Score: 0
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