Mum has to find a new home
PUBLISHED: 14:25 09 November 2007 | UPDATED: 20:12 01 June 2010
BAILIFFS stood watching as a young mother and her two-week-old baby voluntarily left their Wisbech home just minutes ahead of a threatened forced eviction. Heidi Crampton threw in the towel and gathered up her belongings and left the home in Savory Road a
BAILIFFS stood watching as a young mother and her two-week-old baby voluntarily left their Wisbech home just minutes ahead of a threatened forced eviction.
Heidi Crampton threw in the towel and gathered up her belongings and left the home in Savory Road after losing a court battle to stay.
Miss Crampton had been ordered to quit after a court hearing but stayed on during the birth of her child and throughout Tuesday tried desperately to find somewhere else to live.
With her baby, and two other children in tow, Miss Crampton says she will be forced to stay temporarily with her parents, even though it will mean them all living in cramped conditions.
Her father, Stephen Crampton, said the landlord, Philip Smith, wanted the house back to enable him to install central hearting.
Mr Crampton said: "They have kicked a woman with a two-week old baby out of the house."
But he said the family "didn't want the hassle" of resisting bailiffs, even though he had spent all day with his daughter considering options.
Bailiffs arrived at 5pm on Tuesday to move Miss Crampton and her three sons, six-year-old Dylan, three-year-old Aaron and two-week-old Tommy, out of the home but her last belongings were being moved as they arrived.
Miss Crampton's original eviction date was October 16 but it was held back for Tommy's birth.
Mr Crampton said she was offered two homes by Fenland District Council, one in nearby Southwell Road and one in March, but she turned them down and has now been pushed back in the housing list.
"March was too far away from schools for her children," he said. "She was reluctant to move to the house in Southwell Road but perhaps she should have considered it. However, because she was pregnant with her third child it was a very difficult time for her to be making decisions."
Mr Smith attended the eviction and refused to comment when approached by the Standard.