What’s Being Left Out Of This Story?

A family face being left homeless after their home was attacked in the city.

Emma Phelps, her partner, Christopher Whittaker, and her four children moved out of their rented home in Colmon Walk, Top Valley, following two incidents.

On September 13 Ms Phelps’ car was set alight and, on September 22, their ground-floor windows and front door were smashed.

The family say police advised them to move for their own safety and they have been staying in temporary accommodation in the city.


The family were put into a hostel in the city temporarily, but lost the place on October 1 after going on holiday.Ms Phelps claims that, on their return on October 15, they called Nottingham City Council’s Housing Aid service and were initially told they had nowhere to go.

She said she then visited Central police station and officers called Housing Aid urging them to help, and it was organised for the family to move into another house.

Whew! Saved!

Or, are they?

The family’s ordeal has now been compounded after they were handed an eviction notice by their landlords, Tetris UK Property, after they couldn’t guarantee that no further damage would be caused.

Hmmmm, this sounds a bit ‘blaming the victim’, doesn’t it?

And this is positively bizarre:

Marcus Mapleston, a director at Tetris UK Property, based in Mansfield Road, said the company specialises in helping poorer families and the homeless. “We go out on a limb for people and help those who help themselves,” he said.”I have done more than enough for these people. If I knew that I could replace the windows and they wouldn’t be put through again, I would have let them stay there.”

What’s going on here, I wonder? What’s the newspaper leaving unsaid?

3 comments for “What’s Being Left Out Of This Story?

  1. P T Barnum
    October 29, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    The story-behind-the-story remains a local mystery, but, while the riots in London and elsewhere meant looting, in Nottingham 13 police stations were bricked and firebombed, and roadblocks in certain areas were set up to rob passersby of their valuables. In other words, gang activity and intergang warfare seems to be at the root of most of the local travails in ‘rough’ areas like Top Valley.

    • October 30, 2011 at 5:53 am

      Funny how that seems to have escaped the eagle eyes of all the ‘reporters’ in the MSM, eh?

  2. Maaarrghk!
    October 31, 2011 at 6:10 am

    Have they stood up to someone?

    Or is someone standing up to them?

    Mysterious indeed.

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