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Can't Pay? We'll Take It Away bailiffs face their toughest case yet

Can't Pay We'll Take It Away - Channel 5

The Can't Pay? We'll Take It Away bailiffs face their toughest case yet when the new series returns to Channel 5 tonight.

Over the years we've seen the bailiffs on the show face all sorts as they attempt to reclaim cash and repossess homes.

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Usually it's nightmare tenants and debtors who tell lies, but this time the case proved difficult for a whole new reason.

Agents Elmore Victor and Stuart McCracken are sent to take back the house from a family who fallen behind on their rent payments.

The landlord is demanding they leave the property immediately and has obtained a High Cort writ that will force them out onto the street.

The agents are told that the family have been "playing a game" by claiming one of their children is sick.

But far from it being a made up excuse, in the house agents discover a young child on a life support machine.

Stuart reacts: "We're here to take the property back, but our main concern at the moment is forget about the house, our main priority is getting the lad sorted."

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Victor adds: "I was quite shocked when it was a little boy on the life support machine.

"He's about two years old. It was a big shock, and it was very emotional to be honest. You do think of your own family and how blessed you are."

The family living in the house have a new home lined up from the council - but it won't be ready for a few more days.

Mum to the ill child says: "See how close we were. He [the landlord] knew and he still put us through this.

"The landlord knew this, they knew we were waiting on the property. I think it's disgusting."

With a critical heart condition and needing 24 hour support, the little boy faces returning to hospital as the bailiffs are duty bound to complete the repossession.

Stuart says: "It's a very difficult situation for me to deal with. You've got to think about the tenant's point of view and not just from the landlord's point of view.

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"There is a child here that's life is dependent on what you do and what your actions are."

Can't Pay, We'll Take it Away airs tonight at 9PM on Channel 5.

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