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Bailiffs forced to abandon eviction of cancer patient

Issue No. 2414

An eviction was stopped in Nottingham last week after more than 200 people protested outside the home of cancer patient Tom Crawford.

Bailed out bank Bradford and Bingley sent bailiffs to evict him in a dispute over his mortgage, which Tom says was caused by them losing paperwork.

Tom posted a video on Youtube calling for support against the plans. People from as far afield as Wales and Newcastle travelled to his home in Nottingham after learning that bailiffs were due to evict him.

Tom said, “I can’t believe that people have come from all over the country to support me. It’s really overwhelming and I really didn’t expect it.

“This is something I feel very passionate about—I’ve been here more than 25 years and have brought three children up here. “I’ve worked hard all my life.”

In the end police had to tell the bailiffs not to bother.

Dozens of residents marched from Myatts Field North estate to Lambeth town hall in Brixton, south London, last Saturday. They demanded the council reviews a £150 million PFI regeneration of their estate, claiming that developers are putting safety at risk.

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Tue 29 Jul 2014, 18:12 BST
Issue No. 2414
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