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Family hope Accrington father's death will lead to review of bailiff practices

Lancashire Telegraph: HEART ATTACK: Mr Miller HEART ATTACK: Mr Miller

THE FAMILY of heart-attack victim Andy Miller say they hope the inquiry into his death will lead to a review of bailiff practices.

The 78-year-old former landlord collapsed and died from a heart attack after being taken to a cashpoint to pay an overdue speeding fine.

Following calls for action from his family, Justice Minister and Blackburn MP Jack Straw ordered the courts to launch an investigation into his death.

Besides learning more about the circumstances in which the father-of-five died, Andy’ son Mick, 48, said he hopes it will lead to an overhaul in the entire system.

The call came as a leading driver’s association also asked for the bailiff concerned, as well as the magistrates, to be suspended over the incident.

Mick Miller said: “Before contacting the Telegraph, I wasn’t getting anywhere fast with the courts and many people must be struggling to make themselves heard.

“It’s practically impossible to find out what bailiffs have said and done. I would like to see the companies which employ them, and the bailiffs themselves made more accountable. I don’t think they should be allowed to confront people who are clearly vulnerable.”

Mr Miller had been released from a two-month stay in hospital after suffering a heart attack at Ewood Park before a Blackburn Rovers game.

His family, who had been unaware of the fine previously, wrote to the court while Mr Miller was still in hospital to tell them he was suffering from side effects such as memory loss and confusion.

Sheila Harding, from Bailiff Advice Online, an organisation which gives information about dealing with debt collectors, said the system needed a serious review.

She said: “Many pre-warning letters are being sent to wrong addresses, so people are confronted with bailiffs quite unexpectedly.

"We also get thousands of complaints about abuses of the system.”

The Association of British Drivers said as well as suspensions, it wanted the investigation into Mr Miller’s death to be made public.

The group’s chairman Brian Gregory added: "It is the Government's fanatical obsession with speed cameras and speed limits that is the root cause of this tragedy."

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11:16pm Mon 19 Jan 09

soap opera says...

i'm sure i just saw 3 pigs fly over the house. the government control the baliffs no chance there are a law to themselves.and jack straw is all talk over anything
i'm sure i just saw 3 pigs fly over the house. the government control the baliffs no chance there are a law to themselves.and jack straw is all talk over anything soap opera
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9:29am Tue 20 Jan 09

Activ says...

The bailiff company is the same one that appeared in the 2006 BBC Whistleblower documentry for their illegal practices. Surely something must be done about this company. How long can they keep being exposed like this before someone takes action?
The bailiff company is the same one that appeared in the 2006 BBC Whistleblower documentry for their illegal practices. Surely something must be done about this company. How long can they keep being exposed like this before someone takes action? Activ
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2:44pm Tue 20 Jan 09

The Fair Word says...

It amazes me that local authorities employ these bailiffs without carrying out the appropriate checks. They just seem to want to collect as much money as possible without giving a **** about the impact it has on people. This is a very tragic thing to happen and should never have happened at all. I agree that the bailiff should be suspended and a full investigation carried but unfortunately, the only person who can tell the full truth about what the bailiff said and did died because he was failed by the system. R.I.P Mr Miller. Let's hope justice is served.
It amazes me that local authorities employ these bailiffs without carrying out the appropriate checks. They just seem to want to collect as much money as possible without giving a **** about the impact it has on people. This is a very tragic thing to happen and should never have happened at all. I agree that the bailiff should be suspended and a full investigation carried but unfortunately, the only person who can tell the full truth about what the bailiff said and did died because he was failed by the system. R.I.P Mr Miller. Let's hope justice is served. The Fair Word
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