Just before 9 o'clock this morning, the demolition team arrived. Without warning.
By the time friends came, Pat Wenn was in pieces.
Her life in boxes.
Pat and her partner Rodney were told in February that their home in Walsoken near Wisbech would have to go - because it broke the terms of their planning permission.
But after nine years of fighting - they hadn't given up yet.
The couple had been granted permission for a static caravan on the site.
But according to the council its size, and additions like the conservatory effectively made it a house.
It was 19 inches too wide.
None of the council staff on site were authorised to speak to us today.
Instead the press office issued a statement.
But a councillor from neighbouring Cambridgeshire said he thought common sense should come first.
Cllr Paul Clapp said that it was an "obscene amount of money" and that the council now have a duty to house the couple.
The council has arranged hotel accommodation for tonight. After that, the couple say they don't know where they'll go.
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