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  • Heart breaking moment distraught animal sanctuary owner collapsed into mud as bailiffs arrived to evict her after 20 years
  • She had cared for animals at sanctuary in County Durham for 20 years
  • Cost of supporting vulnerable animals at site financially crippled her

This is the moment a distraught animal sanctuary owner collapsed in the mud after bailiffs arrived to evict her from her farm.

Paula Campbell, who has cared for thousands of abandoned pets over the past 20 years, was so overcome with grief she required hospital treatment.

Following years of court cases and appeals, bailiffs arrived to take possession of the sanctuary due to thousands of pounds owed in mortgage arrears.


Collapse: Paula Campbell (on the ground), 47, was so overcome with grief she was admitted to hospital after the repossession of the Rainbow Ark Animal Sanctuary in Willington, County Durham


Work: Ms Campbell has devoted 20 years to looking after sick and homeless animals and her sanctuary has successfully re-homed thousands of cats and dogs throughout the North-East


Long battle: Following years of court cases and appeals, bailiffs acting on behalf of Redstone Mortgages arrived to take possession of the sanctuary due to thousands of pounds owed in payment arrears

Her sanctuary has successfully re-homed thousands of cats and dogs throughout the North East of England.

But the cost of ­supporting the animals was crippling Miss Campbell, with the cost of feeding them rising to £1,000 a month.


Unhappy story: The cost of supporting these vulnerable animals at the site on Milkup Bank Farm was crippling Ms Campbell, with food bills alone amounting to £1,000 monthly


Friend to the animals: A file photograph of Ms Campbell with a sheep and hens at her animal sanctuary

Bailiffs acting on behalf of Redstone Mortgages arrived to take possession of the sanctuary at Milkup Bank Farm, in Willington, County Durham, on Wednesday. Miss Campbell, 47, along with members of her family and volunteers, then staged a desperate last stand. A wooden pole and a tree trunk were laid across the track while the protesters blockaded the gate with a van and Land Rover.

Miss Campbell fell to the ground as the bailiffs moved in.

Her daughter, Jayne, was given just five minutes to gather all their possessions and pet dogs and get off the land.

Jonathon Proctor, 21, who was a volunteer at the centre, said: ‘At about 12pm an army of bailiffs, police and locksmiths arrived. Paula had what we thought was a heart attack.

‘She’s losing her home, her life and all of her animals. We have done everything we can do to keep the sanctuary, but it’s made no difference. We are devastated – all of us here and especially Paula have only ever had the best interests of the animals at heart.

‘We’ve got to now find 300 homes for all these animals.’

In happier times: Another file image of 47-year-old Ms Campbell with a dog and hens at her sanctuary

RSPCA vans on site: A photograph taken today of Rainbow Ark Animal Sanctuary in County Durham
Home for vulnerable animals: Reggie the dog at the sanctuary in County Durham with a spanner toy
Aerial view: The Rainbow Ark Animal Sanctuary was located at this farm in Willington, County Durham

‘We have five officers on site who are assisting with the feeding and watering of the animals at the sanctuary.

and are giving advice to the people who are currently responsible for them to ensure their welfare is secure. Vets have also been called in on RSPCA advice to check over all of the animals.’

In 2010, Redstone Mortgages ­Limited was fined £630,000 by the Financial Services Authority for its poor treatment of some customers facing mortgage arrears.

The FSA identified a series of failings, including customers being hit with unfair and excessive charges.

A company spokesman said: ‘Redstone takes its obligations very seriously and will take all necessary steps to ensure the welfare of all the animals at the property.’

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Feeling sad? Then hit the shops… it really works! Buying something makes people three times happier

  • Researchers found shopping makes a person feel more in control of life
  • Reflecting on recent purchases combats sadness and sparks motivation

It is the news that will strike fear into the hearts of those who pay off the family credit cards every month.

New research has found that retail therapy – far from being empty and superficial – can be an ‘effective way to minimise sadness.’

It can even help a person feel more in control of their environment, researchers claim.

Generations of consumers have been urged to satisfy their desire to keep abreast of the latest fashion by simply browsing in store and window shopping.

However, researchers said until now it had remained unclear whether shopping conveys benefits beyond those produced merely by distraction, or the passage of time.

They said: ‘Our work suggests that making shopping choices can help to restore a sense of personal control over one’s environment and reduce sadness.

‘Retail therapy – shopping that is motivated by distress – is often said to be ineffective, wasteful and a dark side of consumer behaviour, but we propose that retail therapy has been viewed too negatively, and that shopping may be an effective way to minimise sadness.’

But researchers from the University of Michigan claim ‘retail therapy’ should no longer be dismissed as it could help people overcome melancholy.

The study carried out three experiments to investigate whether shopping restored a sense of control in people to combat feelings of sadness.

The research found that buying something was up to 40 times more effective at giving people a sense of control and they were three times happier than those who only browsed.

Previous studies have shown that shoppers enjoy positive feelings when reflecting on their most recent purchase, when that shopping had been motivated by a desire to repair mood.

Rockbottom’s Mold Flintshire Store ‘Best Performing Branch In 2013’

IT MAY be situated in a relatively small Market Town , but Mold branch has made its mark recently scooping the title of ‘Best Performing Branch’ of 2013.

And that’s not all – the branch also took home the award for ‘Best Dressed Window’.

Branch manageress, Helen, said: “It’s been fantastic to receive these awards and my staff certainly deserve them, We are all excited to see what 2014 has in store for us”

Rockbottom Director Donna Fryer  said “This is a fantastic achievement and I congratulate Helen Robson, Branch Manageress and her staff and I wish them continued success for the future, I would also like to congratulate the other 3 stores for their efforts, this was a close year for all  indeed”