200 strangers show up to stop man being evicted

Sarah Coles
Strangers protect Crawford's property from baliffs
Strangers protect Crawford's property from baliffs

Tom Crawford, a 63-year-old retired flooring specialist, ran into serious difficulties with his mortgage. A series of errors meant he had not being paying off his mortgage as he thought, and still owed £43,000. After a legal battle, he was expecting bailiffs to descend and take possession of his home at any moment.

In desperation he published a plea on YouTube, explaining what had happened and asking for people to come and stand with him and his family to prevent the bailiffs taking possession of his home: some 200 strangers came to his help.