Vanessa Cecil, 63, expects to spend Christmas living in two cars near Helmsley

York Press: Vanessa Cecil, who now expects to spend Christmas living in two cars near Helmsley, with her dogs, Mouse and Josh Vanessa Cecil, who now expects to spend Christmas living in two cars near Helmsley, with her dogs, Mouse and Josh

A RYEDALE woman will spend Christmas Day in her car along with her three dogs and four cats after the council said it was unable to house her.

Vanessa Cecil, 63, is still living between her two cars near Carlton, Helmsley, as reported last week, after she was evicted from her home for what she describes as “no apparent reason whatsoever.”

Yet with Christmas only a week away, the former wife of David Cecil, twin brother of the late racehorse trainer Sir Henry Cecil, says she will now spend Christmas Day with her animals in her car.

“I have been in to the council offices but they are unable to help me because they won’t take my animals,” she said.

“And there is no way I am giving them up. The dogs and the cats are all doing well and luckily it has not been too cold yet.”

“I am just staying put at the moment trying to think of what to do. But at least I am in the car; some people have it so much worse than me.”

Despite now having to call the two cars her home, the former interior design business and wine shop owner remains upbeat about her current situation.

She is hoping that her eviction from her rented farmhouse earlier this month will raise awareness of the fact that every two minutes someone risks losing their home, according to UK housing charity Shelter.

Vanessa said: “This is even happening on Christmas Eve. It’s a disgraceful way to treat human beings. I am hoping that putting my misery out there will help Shelter.”

Vanessa has been in contact with the charity and although she says it has been unable to help her, she wants others to be made aware of the service and the help it can provide.

“When something like this happens, one must find something positive about the situation,” she said.

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11:10am Wed 18 Dec 13

plstar says...

I think this is all a publicity stunt to try and get the public to force the hand of the landlord. She had plenty of time to find somewhere else, evictions don't happen overnight. Why didn't she offer to pay the rent she owed and therefore avoid all this in the first place?

Why are her daughters not helping? It's ok to be "frantic" but actions speak louder then words. I wonder if they don't have much of a relationship.

Finding a landlord happy to accept one or two pets is hard enough now so finding one to allow so many will be virtually impossible and more so for someone who has been evicted. Feel more sorry for the animals then the lady. From Googling you will see that she had 2 dogs shot dead some years ago as she let them roam free and they attacked sheep. She needs to grow up and take some responsibility for her actions, full stop.

I wonder who the landlord is, the Sweeney's or Lady Clarissa? Probably the latter and she and her Carter Jonas cohorts will def not back down!
I think this is all a publicity stunt to try and get the public to force the hand of the landlord. She had plenty of time to find somewhere else, evictions don't happen overnight. Why didn't she offer to pay the rent she owed and therefore avoid all this in the first place? Why are her daughters not helping? It's ok to be "frantic" but actions speak louder then words. I wonder if they don't have much of a relationship. Finding a landlord happy to accept one or two pets is hard enough now so finding one to allow so many will be virtually impossible and more so for someone who has been evicted. Feel more sorry for the animals then the lady. From Googling you will see that she had 2 dogs shot dead some years ago as she let them roam free and they attacked sheep. She needs to grow up and take some responsibility for her actions, full stop. I wonder who the landlord is, the Sweeney's or Lady Clarissa? Probably the latter and she and her Carter Jonas cohorts will def not back down! plstar

12:06pm Wed 18 Dec 13

inthesticks says...

I`m sure there are ways that charities and other organisations would help but no landlord is going to allow 7 pets. I wouldn`t want any pets if I were lucky enough to have properties to rent out.
If it were my mum I would take her in but she would have to give the animals up.
I feel sorry for her but she has made some poor decisions by the sound of it. Maybe re-homing the pets would be better for them too, she needs to decide what best for them in the long run, not just herself.
I`m sure there are ways that charities and other organisations would help but no landlord is going to allow 7 pets. I wouldn`t want any pets if I were lucky enough to have properties to rent out. If it were my mum I would take her in but she would have to give the animals up. I feel sorry for her but she has made some poor decisions by the sound of it. Maybe re-homing the pets would be better for them too, she needs to decide what best for them in the long run, not just herself. inthesticks

12:50pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Bumbleina says...

Regardless of whether this is a publicity stunt ot not, I would rather live in a car than give up my animals. I once jumped in the river to rescue my dog knowing that I was putting my own life at risk, the thought of being separated from pets is worse than being homeless in my consideration.
Regardless of whether this is a publicity stunt ot not, I would rather live in a car than give up my animals. I once jumped in the river to rescue my dog knowing that I was putting my own life at risk, the thought of being separated from pets is worse than being homeless in my consideration. Bumbleina

1:29pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Saz31 says...

The article in the Gazette last week said that this lady was 6 months behind in her rent, so I expect she was not evicted for "no reason whatsoever". Also it was quoted last week that this case started over a year ago so she has had plenty of time to find suitable alternative accommodation.
This case has obviously been through the courts and they have found in favour of the landlord. What exactly does she expect to achieve by these articles in the Gazette? I can't imagine that private landlords will be lining up to offer her accommodation when she openly admits to not paying her rent and has 7 pets.
If this is a publicity stunt, I think it is going to back fire! She needs to get a grip, think of her animals and herself and move into the accommodation offered by the council. I also feel more sorry for the animals than her.
The article in the Gazette last week said that this lady was 6 months behind in her rent, so I expect she was not evicted for "no reason whatsoever". Also it was quoted last week that this case started over a year ago so she has had plenty of time to find suitable alternative accommodation. This case has obviously been through the courts and they have found in favour of the landlord. What exactly does she expect to achieve by these articles in the Gazette? I can't imagine that private landlords will be lining up to offer her accommodation when she openly admits to not paying her rent and has 7 pets. If this is a publicity stunt, I think it is going to back fire! She needs to get a grip, think of her animals and herself and move into the accommodation offered by the council. I also feel more sorry for the animals than her. Saz31

1:40pm Wed 18 Dec 13

VinceBlack says...

Evicted for no reason?

Really?

If so you need a solicitor, if not then it is a pack of lies and you're attention whoring.
Evicted for no reason? Really? If so you need a solicitor, if not then it is a pack of lies and you're attention whoring. VinceBlack

2:01pm Wed 18 Dec 13

plstar says...

Bumbleina wrote:
Regardless of whether this is a publicity stunt ot not, I would rather live in a car than give up my animals. I once jumped in the river to rescue my dog knowing that I was putting my own life at risk, the thought of being separated from pets is worse than being homeless in my consideration.
So would I but I wouldn't make a song and a dance about it as she is doing by all this publicity.
[quote][p][bold]Bumbleina[/bold] wrote: Regardless of whether this is a publicity stunt ot not, I would rather live in a car than give up my animals. I once jumped in the river to rescue my dog knowing that I was putting my own life at risk, the thought of being separated from pets is worse than being homeless in my consideration.[/p][/quote]So would I but I wouldn't make a song and a dance about it as she is doing by all this publicity. plstar

4:30pm Wed 18 Dec 13

TheTruthHurts says...

Bumbleina wrote:
Regardless of whether this is a publicity stunt ot not, I would rather live in a car than give up my animals. I once jumped in the river to rescue my dog knowing that I was putting my own life at risk, the thought of being separated from pets is worse than being homeless in my consideration.
Me too
[quote][p][bold]Bumbleina[/bold] wrote: Regardless of whether this is a publicity stunt ot not, I would rather live in a car than give up my animals. I once jumped in the river to rescue my dog knowing that I was putting my own life at risk, the thought of being separated from pets is worse than being homeless in my consideration.[/p][/quote]Me too TheTruthHurts

4:54pm Wed 18 Dec 13

VinceBlack says...

Bumbleina wrote:
Regardless of whether this is a publicity stunt ot not, I would rather live in a car than give up my animals. I once jumped in the river to rescue my dog knowing that I was putting my own life at risk, the thought of being separated from pets is worse than being homeless in my consideration.
Grow up.
[quote][p][bold]Bumbleina[/bold] wrote: Regardless of whether this is a publicity stunt ot not, I would rather live in a car than give up my animals. I once jumped in the river to rescue my dog knowing that I was putting my own life at risk, the thought of being separated from pets is worse than being homeless in my consideration.[/p][/quote]Grow up. VinceBlack

5:06pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Bumbleina says...

VinceBlack
You are obviously not an animal lover and probably do not have a large vocabulary for the type of comment you have made, hope santa brings you a theosarus for Christmas!
VinceBlack You are obviously not an animal lover and probably do not have a large vocabulary for the type of comment you have made, hope santa brings you a theosarus for Christmas! Bumbleina

5:45pm Wed 18 Dec 13

VinceBlack says...

Bumbleina wrote:
VinceBlack
You are obviously not an animal lover and probably do not have a large vocabulary for the type of comment you have made, hope santa brings you a theosarus for Christmas!
I am an animal lover and have donated over £1000 to animal charities this year alone.

Moreover I have a shelf on which to keep my theosaurus (sic) rather than living in a car.
[quote][p][bold]Bumbleina[/bold] wrote: VinceBlack You are obviously not an animal lover and probably do not have a large vocabulary for the type of comment you have made, hope santa brings you a theosarus for Christmas![/p][/quote]I am an animal lover and have donated over £1000 to animal charities this year alone. Moreover I have a shelf on which to keep my theosaurus (sic) rather than living in a car. VinceBlack

8:02pm Wed 18 Dec 13

plstar says...

Maybe the Gazette could explain why they are subjecting the lady to a media circus when she obviously is in need of help, as in a mental evaluation. It's not fair that the animals are subjected to these living conditions. She has chosen to live like this, they haven't had a choice. She clearly has mental health issues and someone needs to take some kind of action to ensure the safety of all concerned before it is too late. Yes, I'm sure it is a good news story but what exactly IS the point trying to be made?? She got herself evicted by not paying her rent and/or whatever other reasons. She was a LONG serving tenant so something went wrong. Whereas I don't particularly like the landlords concerned I do salute them that they at least don't feel the need to go public!

Maybe the editor of this paper could offer her a place to stay over the Christmas period as he/she is so interested in this lady's plight???!
Maybe the Gazette could explain why they are subjecting the lady to a media circus when she obviously is in need of help, as in a mental evaluation. It's not fair that the animals are subjected to these living conditions. She has chosen to live like this, they haven't had a choice. She clearly has mental health issues and someone needs to take some kind of action to ensure the safety of all concerned before it is too late. Yes, I'm sure it is a good news story but what exactly IS the point trying to be made?? She got herself evicted by not paying her rent and/or whatever other reasons. She was a LONG serving tenant so something went wrong. Whereas I don't particularly like the landlords concerned I do salute them that they at least don't feel the need to go public! Maybe the editor of this paper could offer her a place to stay over the Christmas period as he/she is so interested in this lady's plight???! plstar

11:39pm Wed 18 Dec 13

expubcrawler says...

TheTruthHurts wrote:
Bumbleina wrote:
Regardless of whether this is a publicity stunt ot not, I would rather live in a car than give up my animals. I once jumped in the river to rescue my dog knowing that I was putting my own life at risk, the thought of being separated from pets is worse than being homeless in my consideration.
Me too
Me too.
[quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bumbleina[/bold] wrote: Regardless of whether this is a publicity stunt ot not, I would rather live in a car than give up my animals. I once jumped in the river to rescue my dog knowing that I was putting my own life at risk, the thought of being separated from pets is worse than being homeless in my consideration.[/p][/quote]Me too[/p][/quote]Me too. expubcrawler

1:12am Thu 19 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

I don't understand why The Press has given column space to what is essentially a recycled story.
I don't understand why The Press has given column space to what is essentially a recycled story. Magicman!

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