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Pensioner says she has 'nowhere else to go' after being taken to court over condition of house

A pensioner has said she has "nowhere else to go" after being taken to court and evicted over the condition of her house.

Susan Ralphs, who lives in Blaenau Ffestiniog, and describes herself as "a bit of a hoarder" is due to be evicted from her property by a housing association.

During a two-day trial at Caernarfon Crown Court in September, the judge ruled that Ms Ralphs was to be evicted and that she could not appeal against the decision.

The 70-year-old former beauty therapist said she doesn't know what is going to happen to her possessions and her three cats, and claims she has received "no help" from local agencies.

"They are evicting me just when I started to get my health back and I was going to sort the house out," she said.

"I was given eight weeks to do so by Adra, and I was going to do it, but sadly my health failed. When they evict me on Monday, I will have nowhere else to go, and all I want is to sit in my beloved home with my cats and see the sun and stars from my garden.

"I am a bit of a hoarder, and the fire brigade officers who have been here say it's the worst hoarding they have ever seen and that it's a fire risk.

"Mostly it's because I moved here from a place that had five bedrooms, so I have lots of bags of clothes, bedding and curtains, but I am very hygienic."

Susan Ralphs has lived at the property for four years

Ms Ralphs said she has lived at the property for four years, and claimed her hoarding problem started as she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and had what she describes as a "tough upbringing".

"I have no idea what is going to happen to my lovely possessions after Monday," she said.

"I'm worried they are going to end up in a skip.

"I just wish someone could help me not get evicted, as I'm a good and kind person who has gone out of my way to help others. This is all so traumatic for me."

Firefighters described the condition of the property as a fire risk

A spokesperson for Adra said: "Our priority is always to support and sustain tenancies and we work with partner agencies to try and prevent homelessness.

"We only take legal action as a last resort. In this case, the court decided that the granting of possession was reasonable and proportionate."