A pensioner lay dead in his home for SIX years before his skeletal remains were found - after his landlord obtained a court order to enter and check the gas supply.
The body of Robert Alton, who was 76, was discovered inside his flat on Hemsworth Road in Bolton on March 9 this year. An inquest into his death concluded he 'likely' died in May, 2017, said his landlord Bolton at Home in a statement after a coroner recorded an open verdict.
The housing association owns, manages and maintains more than 18,000 homes across the town. Its chief executive officer said in a statement after the inquest 'it's completely unacceptable to us that something like this has happened' - and admitted the organisation should have done more to check on Mr Alton's welfare. READ MORE: Join the FREE Manchester Evening News WhatsApp community In the statement, CEO Noel Sharpe said Bolton at Home 'made many attempts' to contact him 'over a number of years' to arrange gas safety checks, but the inquest heard there was no response from him.
It's understood the pensioner's rent was being paid through housing benefits. His death was not treated by Greater Manchester Police as suspicious.Read more on manchestereveningnews.co.uk
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