A 93-year-old RAF veteran is battling Waltham Forest Council for compensation after his Second World War diaries went missing from his shed.
Eric Edis, from Woodford Green, lost the diaries when council contractors cleared out the contents of his shed last year – without his permission. He also lost his collection of newspaper cuttings from the war, plus family heirlooms such as a 150-year-old sewing machine.
Eric’s insurance company valued the losses at £4,500, although the pensioner says their sentimental value is far higher. He told the Echo: “I am really very angry. When I found out, it felt like a part of my life had been stolen.”