Man finally gets into dead brother's flat - and finds squatter watching TV

Tony Worthington outside the flat in Blackshaw Lane, Deane

Tony Worthington outside the flat in Blackshaw Lane, Deane

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A SQUATTER was found watching television in a dead man’s flat — a month after his family launched a battle to gain access.

Tony Worthington had been trying to get into his brother John’s Bolton at Home flat in Blackshaw Lane, Deane, following his death on May 7.

He was barred access because John’s ex-wife was the registered next of kin.

But when Tony was finally was given the keys to his brother’s home on June 5 so he could collect his belongings, he was stunned to find a man sitting on his late brother’s sofa, watching TV.

A Bolton at Home spokesman said “further security measures” had been taken since the incident.

Tony said: “When we finally got the keys we were confronted by a man watching the TV in the living room.

“I told the housing officer and he just said ‘get in touch with the police’.

“I cannot believe the way we have been treated."

Tony, who has now collected most of his brother’s belongings, said he thought Bolton at Home knew he was next of kin, having seen his passport and marriage certificate, and early access would have prevented his grieving family experiencing more anguish.

John’s family believe the squatter, who has now left the property, had forced the door open.

But Tony says he was assured by Bolton at Home that the flat would be secure.

He added: “The squatter was just gobsmacked that we were there and seemed shocked.

“After all we have been through, we are confronted by that.

“We have just about come to terms with the fact our John has passed away. It is a total disgrace.”

John, a retired joiner, was a “proud and independent” man, according to Tony.

He separated from his ex-wife 18 years ago and also had to overcome the death of his son Christopher six years ago.

The 61-year-old also endured a triple heart bypass in September, 2013, which Tony said he never fully recovered from.

A Bolton at Home spokesman said: “We left the property secure by boarding up where we needed to gain initial access.

“It was not obvious how a squatter breached security, with no noticeable signs of a break-in.

“We advised Mr Worthington that the police investigate and we offered to change the locks and shutter the property.

“Mr Worthington told us he was comfortable with the level of security.

“Unfortunately he has since reported that the front door of the flat has been vandalised.

“We’ve responded by taking further security measures in agreement with Mr Worthington.”

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6:50am Thu 19 Jun 14

andrew_wain says...

I was the person who initally found the deceased in the flat after breaking a window to gain access due to being concerned about him.Bolton At Home put a badley fitted Yale Lock on the door which the squatter forced open very easily , a proper Mortice Lock was then fitted by Bolton At Home ,this should have been fitted in the first place as the area around the yale lock was in a very poor condition.
I was the person who initally found the deceased in the flat after breaking a window to gain access due to being concerned about him.Bolton At Home put a badley fitted Yale Lock on the door which the squatter forced open very easily , a proper Mortice Lock was then fitted by Bolton At Home ,this should have been fitted in the first place as the area around the yale lock was in a very poor condition. andrew_wain
  • Score: 57

8:27am Thu 19 Jun 14

MrUpton says...

Seems we have now become second class citizens in our own country
Seems we have now become second class citizens in our own country MrUpton
  • Score: 8

10:50am Thu 19 Jun 14

atlas123 says...

andrew_wain wrote:
I was the person who initally found the deceased in the flat after breaking a window to gain access due to being concerned about him.Bolton At Home put a badley fitted Yale Lock on the door which the squatter forced open very easily , a proper Mortice Lock was then fitted by Bolton At Home ,this should have been fitted in the first place as the area around the yale lock was in a very poor condition.
Sounds like the Bolton at Home I Know and hate.
#
Why do a job properly once when you can come back and do it three times badly. Why use decent parts when cheap rubbish means you have to do it three times?

The standard of their artisans is poor - to be fair why would any decent carpenter, joiner or spark want to work for B@H?

And thus with their aprentices get trained in bodging rather than doing a good job.

Still the money has run out, they can't borrow any more, the days of B@H in its current format are numbered...

You should see the amount of money blown on the new offices on Waters Meeting Road (Tippings Road to us oldies) there is a staff cafe, murals on the walls, are work, bespoke furniture, everything is painted sterile white, several new brewing up/mini kitchenettes on every floor, the doors work, the windows work, posh ligh fittings everywhere, the grounds are managedonly the best will do for the staff there! - Stark contrast to the estates they own.
[quote][p][bold]andrew_wain[/bold] wrote: I was the person who initally found the deceased in the flat after breaking a window to gain access due to being concerned about him.Bolton At Home put a badley fitted Yale Lock on the door which the squatter forced open very easily , a proper Mortice Lock was then fitted by Bolton At Home ,this should have been fitted in the first place as the area around the yale lock was in a very poor condition.[/p][/quote]Sounds like the Bolton at Home I Know and hate. # Why do a job properly once when you can come back and do it three times badly. Why use decent parts when cheap rubbish means you have to do it three times? The standard of their artisans is poor - to be fair why would any decent carpenter, joiner or spark want to work for B@H? And thus with their aprentices get trained in bodging rather than doing a good job. Still the money has run out, they can't borrow any more, the days of B@H in its current format are numbered... You should see the amount of money blown on the new offices on Waters Meeting Road (Tippings Road to us oldies) there is a staff cafe, murals on the walls, are work, bespoke furniture, everything is painted sterile white, several new brewing up/mini kitchenettes on every floor, the doors work, the windows work, posh ligh fittings everywhere, the grounds are managedonly the best will do for the staff there! - Stark contrast to the estates they own. atlas123
  • Score: 22

11:33am Thu 19 Jun 14

cartman66 says...

Bolton at home are heartless bastards they charged me £400 rent when my mum died because it took me a few weeks to empty her property I'm a full time carer and I was grieving and arranging the funeral but no compassion then when they rented it to the next tenant they told her that they had fitted a new kitchen but it was the one my friend and I had fitted about 12 months before she died and she had paid for it cheeky buggers
Bolton at home are heartless bastards they charged me £400 rent when my mum died because it took me a few weeks to empty her property I'm a full time carer and I was grieving and arranging the funeral but no compassion then when they rented it to the next tenant they told her that they had fitted a new kitchen but it was the one my friend and I had fitted about 12 months before she died and she had paid for it cheeky buggers cartman66
  • Score: 29

11:36am Thu 19 Jun 14

Bob Shaftoe says...

Just passed a group of B@H 'workers' in NewBury, two out of three were on their smartphones, he third was listening to something via earphones. Didn't see much grafting.
Just passed a group of B@H 'workers' in NewBury, two out of three were on their smartphones, he third was listening to something via earphones. Didn't see much grafting. Bob Shaftoe
  • Score: 17

12:21pm Thu 19 Jun 14

shireen says...

Bob Shaftoe wrote:
Just passed a group of B@H 'workers' in NewBury, two out of three were on their smartphones, he third was listening to something via earphones. Didn't see much grafting.
It must have been break time.
[quote][p][bold]Bob Shaftoe[/bold] wrote: Just passed a group of B@H 'workers' in NewBury, two out of three were on their smartphones, he third was listening to something via earphones. Didn't see much grafting.[/p][/quote]It must have been break time. shireen
  • Score: -5

12:53pm Thu 19 Jun 14

atlas123 says...

shireen wrote:
Bob Shaftoe wrote:
Just passed a group of B@H 'workers' in NewBury, two out of three were on their smartphones, he third was listening to something via earphones. Didn't see much grafting.
It must have been break time.
I think they do 7 hours break and then for a change do 1 hours work 12 - 1.

Rather like the Boltcon Council Van i Saw parked up on Walker Fold Road...Reading the paper at 10am, I traveled to Horwich, did the job I was doing and he was still there at 1230ish.

Sadly i did not have my camera.
[quote][p][bold]shireen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bob Shaftoe[/bold] wrote: Just passed a group of B@H 'workers' in NewBury, two out of three were on their smartphones, he third was listening to something via earphones. Didn't see much grafting.[/p][/quote]It must have been break time.[/p][/quote]I think they do 7 hours break and then for a change do 1 hours work 12 - 1. Rather like the Boltcon Council Van i Saw parked up on Walker Fold Road...Reading the paper at 10am, I traveled to Horwich, did the job I was doing and he was still there at 1230ish. Sadly i did not have my camera. atlas123
  • Score: 6

1:28pm Thu 19 Jun 14

notgonehome says...

A neighbor was a gardener for Bolton council now works for B@H has a van to drive around in still not worked out what his job is
A neighbor was a gardener for Bolton council now works for B@H has a van to drive around in still not worked out what his job is notgonehome
  • Score: 4

2:06pm Thu 19 Jun 14

filthy6 says...

notgonehome wrote:
A neighbor was a gardener for Bolton council now works for B@H has a van to drive around in still not worked out what his job is
He's a driver.
[quote][p][bold]notgonehome[/bold] wrote: A neighbor was a gardener for Bolton council now works for B@H has a van to drive around in still not worked out what his job is[/p][/quote]He's a driver. filthy6
  • Score: 9

2:22pm Thu 19 Jun 14

vicric87 says...

Bolton at Home did a wee in my loft once.
Bolton at Home did a wee in my loft once. vicric87
  • Score: 6

3:34pm Thu 19 Jun 14

goldie47 says...

bolton at home.....what to say.....keep putting troublemakers into properties without thought for elderly residents who get harassed frequently.....so have had to move because of threats
bolton at home.....what to say.....keep putting troublemakers into properties without thought for elderly residents who get harassed frequently.....so have had to move because of threats goldie47
  • Score: 7

4:21pm Thu 19 Jun 14

stylish says...

my brother died suddenly over ten years ago age 52 years old was told by Bolton at home that he was in breach of his tenancy because he did not give a months notice on vacating the premises and I would be taken to court if I did not pay a further months rent explained he died very suddenly and was told by some jobs worth that dying was no excuse
my brother died suddenly over ten years ago age 52 years old was told by Bolton at home that he was in breach of his tenancy because he did not give a months notice on vacating the premises and I would be taken to court if I did not pay a further months rent explained he died very suddenly and was told by some jobs worth that dying was no excuse stylish
  • Score: 0

5:21pm Thu 19 Jun 14

BlueRay79 says...

B@H are not interested in you if your skin is white and you speak English.
B@H are not interested in you if your skin is white and you speak English. BlueRay79
  • Score: 8

10:04pm Thu 19 Jun 14

gigglebox3 says...

the brother seems a capable bloke, if he found a "squatter watchin tv in his dead brothers flat" am sure he would have dealt with it there and then? unless he knew him of course and then he might have just let him leave.....
the brother seems a capable bloke, if he found a "squatter watchin tv in his dead brothers flat" am sure he would have dealt with it there and then? unless he knew him of course and then he might have just let him leave..... gigglebox3
  • Score: 3

10:18pm Thu 19 Jun 14

gigglebox3 says...

vicric87 wrote:
Bolton at Home did a wee in my loft once.
are you on drugs?????
[quote][p][bold]vicric87[/bold] wrote: Bolton at Home did a wee in my loft once.[/p][/quote]are you on drugs????? gigglebox3
  • Score: 1

10:19pm Thu 19 Jun 14

gigglebox3 says...

MrUpton wrote:
Seems we have now become second class citizens in our own country
you need to look closer to home!
[quote][p][bold]MrUpton[/bold] wrote: Seems we have now become second class citizens in our own country[/p][/quote]you need to look closer to home! gigglebox3
  • Score: -2

10:21pm Thu 19 Jun 14

gigglebox3 says...

atlas123 wrote:
andrew_wain wrote:
I was the person who initally found the deceased in the flat after breaking a window to gain access due to being concerned about him.Bolton At Home put a badley fitted Yale Lock on the door which the squatter forced open very easily , a proper Mortice Lock was then fitted by Bolton At Home ,this should have been fitted in the first place as the area around the yale lock was in a very poor condition.
Sounds like the Bolton at Home I Know and hate.
#
Why do a job properly once when you can come back and do it three times badly. Why use decent parts when cheap rubbish means you have to do it three times?

The standard of their artisans is poor - to be fair why would any decent carpenter, joiner or spark want to work for B@H?

And thus with their aprentices get trained in bodging rather than doing a good job.

Still the money has run out, they can't borrow any more, the days of B@H in its current format are numbered...

You should see the amount of money blown on the new offices on Waters Meeting Road (Tippings Road to us oldies) there is a staff cafe, murals on the walls, are work, bespoke furniture, everything is painted sterile white, several new brewing up/mini kitchenettes on every floor, the doors work, the windows work, posh ligh fittings everywhere, the grounds are managedonly the best will do for the staff there! - Stark contrast to the estates they own.
you have no idea about social housing and the challenges associations face today.........
[quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andrew_wain[/bold] wrote: I was the person who initally found the deceased in the flat after breaking a window to gain access due to being concerned about him.Bolton At Home put a badley fitted Yale Lock on the door which the squatter forced open very easily , a proper Mortice Lock was then fitted by Bolton At Home ,this should have been fitted in the first place as the area around the yale lock was in a very poor condition.[/p][/quote]Sounds like the Bolton at Home I Know and hate. # Why do a job properly once when you can come back and do it three times badly. Why use decent parts when cheap rubbish means you have to do it three times? The standard of their artisans is poor - to be fair why would any decent carpenter, joiner or spark want to work for B@H? And thus with their aprentices get trained in bodging rather than doing a good job. Still the money has run out, they can't borrow any more, the days of B@H in its current format are numbered... You should see the amount of money blown on the new offices on Waters Meeting Road (Tippings Road to us oldies) there is a staff cafe, murals on the walls, are work, bespoke furniture, everything is painted sterile white, several new brewing up/mini kitchenettes on every floor, the doors work, the windows work, posh ligh fittings everywhere, the grounds are managedonly the best will do for the staff there! - Stark contrast to the estates they own.[/p][/quote]you have no idea about social housing and the challenges associations face today......... gigglebox3
  • Score: 1

10:22pm Thu 19 Jun 14

gigglebox3 says...

cartman66 wrote:
Bolton at home are heartless bastards they charged me £400 rent when my mum died because it took me a few weeks to empty her property I'm a full time carer and I was grieving and arranging the funeral but no compassion then when they rented it to the next tenant they told her that they had fitted a new kitchen but it was the one my friend and I had fitted about 12 months before she died and she had paid for it cheeky buggers
shouldnt have taken so long to sort it out then should you?
[quote][p][bold]cartman66[/bold] wrote: Bolton at home are heartless bastards they charged me £400 rent when my mum died because it took me a few weeks to empty her property I'm a full time carer and I was grieving and arranging the funeral but no compassion then when they rented it to the next tenant they told her that they had fitted a new kitchen but it was the one my friend and I had fitted about 12 months before she died and she had paid for it cheeky buggers[/p][/quote]shouldnt have taken so long to sort it out then should you? gigglebox3
  • Score: 2

10:24pm Thu 19 Jun 14

gigglebox3 says...

Bob Shaftoe wrote:
Just passed a group of B@H 'workers' in NewBury, two out of three were on their smartphones, he third was listening to something via earphones. Didn't see much grafting.
just waiting for the next job to arrive so they could go and fix something reported by another waste of time person.......
[quote][p][bold]Bob Shaftoe[/bold] wrote: Just passed a group of B@H 'workers' in NewBury, two out of three were on their smartphones, he third was listening to something via earphones. Didn't see much grafting.[/p][/quote]just waiting for the next job to arrive so they could go and fix something reported by another waste of time person....... gigglebox3
  • Score: -1

10:25pm Thu 19 Jun 14

gigglebox3 says...

filthy6 wrote:
notgonehome wrote:
A neighbor was a gardener for Bolton council now works for B@H has a van to drive around in still not worked out what his job is
He's a driver.
to have a job is a good thing innit?
[quote][p][bold]filthy6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notgonehome[/bold] wrote: A neighbor was a gardener for Bolton council now works for B@H has a van to drive around in still not worked out what his job is[/p][/quote]He's a driver.[/p][/quote]to have a job is a good thing innit? gigglebox3
  • Score: 0

10:27pm Thu 19 Jun 14

gigglebox3 says...

goldie47 wrote:
bolton at home.....what to say.....keep putting troublemakers into properties without thought for elderly residents who get harassed frequently.....so have had to move because of threats
people gettin properties are controlled by govt policies! ukip need to be heard!
[quote][p][bold]goldie47[/bold] wrote: bolton at home.....what to say.....keep putting troublemakers into properties without thought for elderly residents who get harassed frequently.....so have had to move because of threats[/p][/quote]people gettin properties are controlled by govt policies! ukip need to be heard! gigglebox3
  • Score: 5

10:30pm Thu 19 Jun 14

gigglebox3 says...

BlueRay79 wrote:
B@H are not interested in you if your skin is white and you speak English.
utter cr^p! govt policy dictates how properties are allocated!
[quote][p][bold]BlueRay79[/bold] wrote: B@H are not interested in you if your skin is white and you speak English.[/p][/quote]utter cr^p! govt policy dictates how properties are allocated! gigglebox3
  • Score: 2

10:34pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Frotage says...

cartman66 wrote:
Bolton at home are heartless bastards they charged me £400 rent when my mum died because it took me a few weeks to empty her property I'm a full time carer and I was grieving and arranging the funeral but no compassion then when they rented it to the next tenant they told her that they had fitted a new kitchen but it was the one my friend and I had fitted about 12 months before she died and she had paid for it cheeky buggers
And you paid this? to the best of my limited knowledge unless its your name on the tenancy agreement no one else can be made liable for the rent, full stop. I am sure they will send the next of kin a letter about any rent owed as a friend works in housing and informed me that housing benefit stops the Sunday after the death of a tenant. So, if your next of kin claimed HB and you held the keys for a week or two they would probably send you a letter. The estate of the late tenant may be liable but you individually are not. Sorry for your loss but i would have questioned this at the time.
[quote][p][bold]cartman66[/bold] wrote: Bolton at home are heartless bastards they charged me £400 rent when my mum died because it took me a few weeks to empty her property I'm a full time carer and I was grieving and arranging the funeral but no compassion then when they rented it to the next tenant they told her that they had fitted a new kitchen but it was the one my friend and I had fitted about 12 months before she died and she had paid for it cheeky buggers[/p][/quote]And you paid this? to the best of my limited knowledge unless its your name on the tenancy agreement no one else can be made liable for the rent, full stop. I am sure they will send the next of kin a letter about any rent owed as a friend works in housing and informed me that housing benefit stops the Sunday after the death of a tenant. So, if your next of kin claimed HB and you held the keys for a week or two they would probably send you a letter. The estate of the late tenant may be liable but you individually are not. Sorry for your loss but i would have questioned this at the time. Frotage
  • Score: 8

11:19pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Smeagol says...

Their brand new fleet of vans must have cost a fair bit.
Their brand new fleet of vans must have cost a fair bit. Smeagol
  • Score: -1

11:25pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Smeagol says...

Their new digs on Waters Meeting Road used to be a business incubation centre. Loads of small businesses got booted out so the council could move B at H in. Lots moved to Bolton Business Centre near town, but then got booted out again when the council decided to sell it off. Seems a lot of expense and waste of good and potentially profitable buildings, and such a shame that small businesses are not being supported in this way any more by the council, and they're spending their money on fancy new digs for a sub-standard service.
Their new digs on Waters Meeting Road used to be a business incubation centre. Loads of small businesses got booted out so the council could move B at H in. Lots moved to Bolton Business Centre near town, but then got booted out again when the council decided to sell it off. Seems a lot of expense and waste of good and potentially profitable buildings, and such a shame that small businesses are not being supported in this way any more by the council, and they're spending their money on fancy new digs for a sub-standard service. Smeagol
  • Score: 3

5:51am Wed 25 Jun 14

rostron says...

Lady lost her father, 97 yrs old, he died on the Sunday, they phoned her on the Wednesday asking could she have the house empty by Friday!
He hadn't even been buried, she told them what to do !
Recently a friend downsized, she got 1 week to move, then as the following Monday was a public holiday, she couldn't hand the keys in.
So, this resulted in her paying 2 lots of rent for one week,.& they are disabled, & on the pension.
No morals, no scruples, no heart, as I found out in my own case, a few yrs since.
They didn't even advertise my property locally, it went on Pinpoint, so anyone local with no pc, didn't even know it was empty,
Lady lost her father, 97 yrs old, he died on the Sunday, they phoned her on the Wednesday asking could she have the house empty by Friday! He hadn't even been buried, she told them what to do ! Recently a friend downsized, she got 1 week to move, then as the following Monday was a public holiday, she couldn't hand the keys in. So, this resulted in her paying 2 lots of rent for one week,.& they are disabled, & on the pension. No morals, no scruples, no heart, as I found out in my own case, a few yrs since. They didn't even advertise my property locally, it went on Pinpoint, so anyone local with no pc, didn't even know it was empty, rostron
  • Score: -1

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