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Woman hit by Guardian Self Storage collapse rallies victims
A DEVASTATED victim of the sudden collapse of a Worcester storage company is calling on others affected to unite in a bid to get back their treasured possessions.
Jeanette Weir, of Droitwich, had her worst fears confirmed as the gates of Guardian Self Storage, Sherriff Street industrial estate, were opened on Friday and there was no sign of the furniture, collectibles and personal items she had been storing there.
As your Worcester News reported, many other people have been hit by the company’s move into voluntary liquidation, saying they have no idea where their possessions are and that they are receiving little assistance in getting them back.
Mrs Weir believes that a strength in numbers app-roach is a good place to start.
She has set up a special e-mail address, at email@example.com, for people affected by the collapse to get in touch with each other and share their experiences.
“I think it is important to try to get everyone working together,” she said. “I feel for those who have lost everything with no way of replacing their things.
“In this economic climate it is a very big loss for people and many of them cannot even afford legal support, so they have no way forward.”
In the meantime, Mrs Weir has been in contact with the police, who are now investigating her case, and she has written to Guardian Self Storage managing director Graham Bradbury who could not be contacted yesterday and has refused to discuss the situation with your Worcester News.
“I do not expect a response. The whole thing has been handled disgracefully and very unprofessionally,” said Mrs Weir.
“There need to be better controls in place and perhaps stronger legislation to ensure that this never happens again.
“The liquidators should have ensured that the inn-ocent third parties had the opportunity of rescuing their belongings right at the start of all this.”
Mrs Weir is also offering a substantial reward for the full recovery of her lost items.
“The cost of the financial loss involved for some people is devastating, but the emotional loss that many of us have suffered thro-ugh the loss of treasured mementos and photo-graphs which cannot be replaced is worse.
“Someone out there knows the whereabouts of the storage containers or their contents.”
Ashley Millenstead, of the liquidators Butcher Woods, was unavailable for comment.