An elderly woman has been evicted from her home by bailiffs after fire chiefs declared her hoarding had become a hazard.
Susan Ralphs will now have to live in her van in Snowdonia, north Wales, so she can continue to look after her beloved cats.
The 70-year-old lost her home and an eviction order was granted by Caernarfon county court today.
The retired artist and beauty therapist of Blaenau Ffestiniog briefly barricaded her home before letting in the bailiffs, hired by a housing association.
Susan Ralphs will now have to live in her van in Snowdonia, north Wales, so she can continue to look after her beloved cats (she is pictured above with one of her cats)
Workmen turn up from Housing Trust Adra to secure the bungalow in north Wales today
Three police officers also turned up and the locks were changed.
Miss Ralphs, who has PTSD and other health issues, said : ‘I’m staying positive mentally. Though fragile I’m not going to be angry or bitter.
‘I’m getting in touch with my MP Liz Saville Roberts for some advice.
‘I don’t want to be re-housed, just to regain the home I’ve enjoyed for the last four years with my three lovely cats.
A police van was today pictured outside of the property. Miss Ralphs said she didn’t want to be re-housed
‘I’m 70, a retired professional and I’d like some respect for my dignity and sanity. I had a sleepless night hoping for a last minute change of mind.’
Before being evicted she declared: ‘I feel like a donkey dragged 400 miles through the Sahara then being kicked and punched instead of being able to reach the oasis for water. I’m so happy here with my cats and their feline friends. My neighbours are animal lovers, too.
‘I’m a quiet and submissive spinster just getting over a run of bad luck. I don’t smoke, drink or take drugs – but the system has walked out on me. No one is helping me.’
One bystander said : ‘It’s all very sad.’ The MP said : ‘I will do everything I can to help her. No one wants to see a 70-year-old in the street. What she needs is some intensive support and to be able to keep her possessions.’
Miss Ralphs is pictured above with all of the items in her home. This was the bed she was sleeping on
Susan had been given eight weeks to clear through the clutter herself but says ill health prevented her from being able to do so in time