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INQUIRY CALL AFTER LAMBETH TENANT LAY DEAD FOR NINE MONTHS

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Housing officials who visited a pensioner to find out why he had run up rent arrears of more than£1,000 found he h...
Housing officials who visited a pensioner to find out why he had run up rent arrears of more than £1,000 found he had been dead for nine months, an inquest was told yesterday.

The hearing was told that the man, James Huggett, 71, was rarely seen. Social services had been contacted by the housing department but no action was taken to investigate Mr Huggett's welfare, the Times says.

Coroner Sir Montague Levine recorded an open verdict and suggested Lambeth hold an inquiry into why action was not taken sooner.
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