Evicted ex-soldier apart from family

The Hampson family are facing eviction from their home in Thorney Island. Mark Hampson 41 served a full term in the Army and is in remission from cancer.  Mark Hampson 41 with wife Janet 52   Picture: Paul Jacobs (123041-6)
The Hampson family are facing eviction from their home in Thorney Island. Mark Hampson 41 served a full term in the Army and is in remission from cancer. Mark Hampson 41 with wife Janet 52 Picture: Paul Jacobs (123041-6)
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A CANCER-STRICKEN war veteran who fought to stay in forces housing is living apart from his family after being evicted.

Mark Hampson, 41, his wife Janet, 52, and children Callum, 16, and Brody, 18, were told to leave their house in Sabre Way, Emsworth, after he was discharged from the armed forces following a battle with cancer, as reported by The News.

It came despite assurances from Prime Minister David Cameron, who vowed to give ex-servicemen and women the support they need after leaving the armed forces.

Now the family have been forced to go their separate ways.

Mr and Mrs Hampson are staying at her sister’s house in North End, Portsmouth, while the children stay with friends.

She said: ‘I was an absolute sobbing wreck.

‘Mark has gone into a shell and Callum was distraught.

‘I don’t think it’s hit home yet.

‘Brody broke a bone in her back in February after a horseriding accident.

‘She’s very lucky but she shouldn’t be sleeping on sofas. We haven’t had much luck.

‘Who would have thought this would happen?

‘It’s unbelievable and I’m still in shock.

‘I thought the MoD may say to wait until we get housed but they didn’t.

‘We now have to wait for the council to put us on a higher banding, which takes about 30 days.’

The family had to leave the house under the MoD’s Service Family Accommodation Scheme, meaning those who leave the armed forces are required to vacate army properties.

They went to Chichester District Council’s housing association scheme, but because they are rated C in an A-D ranking system to bid for properties, they have not found a home.

Mrs Hampson said the family was left heartbroken – and called on the council to give them a higher banding.