Couple return from holiday to find ‘friend’ had barricaded themselves inside their home

John Goodhand and Laura Blackham plan to leave Grimsby after they returned from a holiday to find themselves unable to get back into their beloved home

John Goodhand and Laura Blackham found themselves locked out of their home
John Goodhand and Laura Blackham found themselves locked out of their home

A couple were locked out of their home by a family friend who caused “catastrophic” damage to their property, they have claimed.

John Goodhand and Laura Blackham, who live in Grimsby, say they could not enter their home because a pal had barricaded themselves inside.

They had initially let the friend stay at their home to allow them to ‘get back on their feet’, only to return from a holiday to find themselves locked out, Grimsby Live reported.

John said: “We went on holiday around three weeks ago and trusted that the house would be safe with the family friend.

“But when we got back on Friday November 12, we couldn’t get in.

The couple say “catastrophic” damage has been done to their property


GrimsbyLive/Donna Clifford)

“They told us that they’d barricaded themselves in and wouldn’t leave.

“It was just so strange as we didn’t know what we’d done wrong to them. It’s just so odd.

“I just couldn’t believe they’d do this to us as well. It’s disgusting to be locked out of your own home.”

The couple were not left homeless as John has another property they could stay in.

Their efforts to get back in the other home proved in vain until very recently however.

John said: “We’ve made various attempts to make amends and reason with them but to no avail.

“It’s made me both of us unwell with the stress and worry.

John and Laura describe the treatment of their home as “unforgiveable”


GrimsbyLive/Donna Clifford)

“What they’ve done to the property is unforgivable.”

As John and Laura own Buy & Save next door to their home, they were able to witness what was happening first hand.

John said: “They were throwing our furniture into the backyard and ultimately destroying it.

“They’ve even knocked part of the wall down outside the property. All we wanted was our house back.”

When the family friend eventually vacated the property, John and Laura say the damage to the property was “catastrophic”.

John said: “The back door windows were broken, the dog has chewed away at the wall frame and the door.

“The electric cables have been badly damaged so we’ll need to get an electrician out to sort it.

“They’ve stolen items like our television and even our shampoo.

“It’s a complete mess and we are both deeply hurt by what has happened.”

They claim items have been stolen


GrimsbyLive/Donna Clifford)

Humberside Police said they were called to a disturbance on Thursday, November 18.

They said: “Officers were called to reports of a disturbance at a property on Welholme Road, Grimsby, at around 11.20am (Thursday November 18).

“It was reported that a woman was acting in a threatening manner towards two known people.

“Officers resolved the incident safely and there were no arrests made.”

John and Laura are now looking to make a quick exit from Grimsby after the experience.

“My lease on the shop, Buy and Save, is up at the end of the month and we’re hoping to leave as soon as possible,” John said.

“It’s just mad around here.

“The experience we’ve had to reclaim our home has been horrendous.

“And the drugs and all sorts are terrible as well around here.

“I don’t know where we will go, but it’s certainly going to be far away from here.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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