The 106-year-old evicted from care home in snow after court battle defeat

One of Britain's oldest women was tearfully forced out of her care home today despite her efforts to save it from closure at the High Court.

Louisa Watts, 106, had begged to be allowed to stay at Underhill House in Bushberry, West Midlands but was removed from there in freezing conditions this morning.

She was too upset to speak but was taken to a nursing home, five miles away, where she will now live.

Mrs Watts, thought to be Britain's fifth oldest woman, had joined other residents at the High Court to appeal against Wolverhampton Council's decision to close the home because of budget cuts.

She and fellow residents had argued that closing the care home would seriously reduce their lifespan.

The council decided to close the 40-year-old home in April last year.

It added that the property did not meet modern standards and improvements would cost £2million, prompting the legal battle.

The fight was led by campaigning solicitor Yvonne Hossack, who has prevented the closure of more than 80 care homes, but the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the council in October.

Even Prime Minister Gordon Brown had urged the city council to reconsider their decision.

But that, too, was rejected and after the appeal was turned down, Mrs Watts and the other residents were told they would be re-homed.

This morning, the former hospital cleaner was removed from Underhill House and helped out of the front door in a wheelchair in freezing conditions.

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