Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Holiday Bed Tragedy Family's Wait

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Holiday Bed Tragedy Family's Wait

Article excerpt

THE family of two sisters who died after becoming trapped in their pulldown beds while on holiday in Spain are still seeking justice three years after the tragedy.

Sisters Mildred Bowman, 62, and Alice Wardle, 68, from Gateshead, Tyneside, suffocated after lying for four days inside their Benidorm apartment unnoticed, in August 2005.

Their bodies were discovered after Mrs Wardle's daughter Allison Gibbon, who was staying at a different part of the resort, had become worried they had not been in touch.

It is believed they were resting on the beds just hours after arriving in the Levante Club Apartments on Saturday, July 30, when the heavy wooden frame fell on top of them. The cause of death was recorded as suffocation and Spanish magistrates ordered an investigation into the deaths.

Tour operator MyTravel, which the women booked the holiday through, also ordered its own investigation.

A report sent by the company to the family claimed unsuitable screws and wall plugs were to blame for the incident. …

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