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Pensioner forced to spend the night with neighbour after bungalow repair fiasco

Kenneth Eltringham in his Lizard Lane home, which has been left a mess by South Tyneside Council

Kenneth Eltringham in his Lizard Lane home, which has been left a mess by South Tyneside Council

A PENSIONER was forced to spend the night with a good Samaritan neighbour after housing improvement work left his bungalow trashed.

Kenneth Eltringham is in the process of having improvement work done at his home in Whitburn as part of South Tyneside Council’s Decent Homes programme.

The 85–year–old was left devastated when he returned to his home in Lizard Lane, Whitburn, from a trip to the shops on Wednesday to discovered the mess his house had been left in.

The living room had been stripped bare, the cooker had been pulled out and furniture and household goods were left piled high on his bed. A neighbour was so concerned for Mr Eltringham’s wellbeing that she took him in for the night.

A spokesman for South Tyneside Homes said Mr Eltringham’s home would be back to normal by Tuesday.

Mr Eltringham said: “I can’t believe what they did to my home. It’s such a mess.

“I don’t know where my sofa is and, when I came home to go to bed, everything was piled up on it, even a chest of drawers.

“I didn’t know what to do, there was no way I could sleep in there. It was so dirty. They’ve ruined my things.

 

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