Former actress escapes eviction
Tuesday 17 August 1999
The actress, who abandoned the big screen after starring alongside Dick Van Dyke, is now an environmental campaigner against nuclear weapons and new roads. She has been fighting an attempt by her aunt and uncle to evict her from a Dundee house.
Yesterday, Dundee Sheriff James Scott adjourned for 10 days the case against the former child actress brought by Kenneth Ripley, her uncle, and her aunt Margaret Harris, the trustees of the pounds 100,000 property. They are seeking to reoccupy it, accusing their niece of rent arrears of more than pounds 7,000 and of allowing the house to fall into disrepair.
However, Miss Ripley, 39, claims she has a verbal agreement with her grandmother, who once owned the house, to live there. She also claims she has been prevented from paying rent by the trustees.
Miss Ripley began renting the house two years ago after her grandfather died and her grandmother moved to a nursing home. The house and the proceeds of the sale of the family optician business were left in trust to Miss Ripley and the uncle and aunt who are now trying to evict her.
When the grandmother dies, the three will receive equal share of a small family fortune but in the meantime Miss Ripley's aunt and uncle want her out of the home so it can be let to other tenants.
Miss Ripley who now uses the surname Glaisyer, has a 14-year-old-son, Cosmo, and an 11-year-old daughter, Josie. She did not attend yesterday's hearing and was said by her solicitor, Brian Fitzpatrick, to be currently engaged in an anti-nuclear demonstration at Faslane Royal Naval base, home to Britain's fleet of Trident nuclear submarines.
- 1 Woman 'suffocates newborn baby in plastic bag and puts it in her desk minutes after giving birth'
- 2 I've been called an abusive and dangerous parent, when all I did was listen to my transgender child
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 4 Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'
- 5 Chinese student carries disabled friend to school every day for three years
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
£26000 - £28000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: Senior Accounts Assistan...
£24000 - £26000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...
£22000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is part of a Group...
£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you a a young, dynamic pers...