El­derly woman found dead in her bun­ga­low

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentish Express Time Capsule From Our Archives -

A woman in her late 70s was found dead at her bun­ga­low in a shel­tered hous­ing com­plex.

Po­lice and the am­bu­lance ser­vice were the called to an ad­dress in Lit­tle Che­quers, Wye, on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

The woman who has been named lo­cally as Betty Apps, a well-known face in Wye.

One neigh­bour, who asked not to be named, said: “Ev­ery­one knew her as Bet and I used to see her in the vil­lage and at the hospice fete.

“I know she hadn’t been seen for a few days and no­ticed that her cur­tains were pulled shut but thought she might have been ill. It’s such a shame.”

An­other neigh­bour said: “I un­der­stand that a rel­a­tive called at the bun­ga­low and was con­cerned be­cause they couldn’t get in.

“It was only on Tues­day that a friend of mine talked with Betty so this is very un­ex­pected.

“It makes you feel that you should have known about it, or done more to help.

“Betty was well liked in the vil­lage and al­ways pleas­ant and nice. She liked to chat to peo­ple and she loved her gar­den.”

Betty was said to be un­mar­ried and with no chil­dren, al­though she had close fam­ily liv­ing near by.

Betty lived in the Luck­ley House shel­tered hous­ing com­plex of bun­ga­lows and flats, which is man­aged by Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil.

A po­lice spokesman said they were called to an ad­dress in Lit­tle Che­quers, Wye, at 2.35pm on Satur­day fol­low­ing con­cern for the oc­cu­pant’s wel­fare.

He added: “Of­fi­cers and Se­camb at­tended and t he woman was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

“Next of kin have been in­formed. We are not treat­ing the death as sus­pi­cious and the coro­ner has been in­formed.”

‘It makes you feel that you should have known about it, or done more to help’

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