Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Horror of Bed Deaths Revealed

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Horror of Bed Deaths Revealed

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Byline: By Chloe Griffiths

Two sisters were trapped by a fold-away bed for four days as they slowly suffocated in a freak holiday accident, it emerged yesterday.

Alice Wardle, 68, of Bensham, and Mildred Bowman, 62, of Low Fell, both Gateshead were found dead in their apartment in Benidorm last Thursday.

Last night, the full horror of their death was revealed to their families.

The couple arrived at the Levante Club apartments on Saturday July 30 and were seen in the resort the following day.

But less than 24 hours later the grandmothers became pinned under the fold-away bed in their apartment after it crashed down on top of them.

A post-mortem has revealed they did not die until Wednesday night or Thursday morning ( four days after they became trapped.

Their bodies were not found until Alice's daughter Allison Gibbons, who was on holiday with them, insisted their room was broken into.

The sisters' relatives are now left contemplating the horrific possibility of them being conscious during their ordeal but unable to lift the bedframe or call for help.

Mildred's daughter Carole Gregory, 44, from Hertford, Harlow Green, Gateshead, said: "It is hard to imagine how frightened and desperate they must have been. They were not frail and weak, and they will have fought like hell to get out of there, but were unable to move the frame.

"Awful things have been going through my mind. Were they frightened and talking to each other all that time?

"Did they scream out for help when no one was there to hear?

"It is almost unbearable to think of, and we want answers."

Mrs Wardle's daughter Allison Gibbons, 40, and her family were also in Benidorm at the time of the accident and had arranged to meet the sisters on Sunday when they uncharacteristically failed to turn up.

Allison visited the apartments several times hoping to see the sisters.

After becoming increasingly concerned she insisted the hotel break into their room on Thursday morning. …

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