VIDEO: Grandmother's sorrow as Rottingdean house pulled down after fire

The Argus: Grandmother's sorrow as Rottingdean house pulled down after fire Grandmother's sorrow as Rottingdean house pulled down after fire

A grandmother described the demolition of her childhood home as a “sad day” after it was pulled down following a fire.

Mary Venturi’s family home in Marine Drive, Rottingdean, was badly damaged in an arson attack in November and yesterday a mechanical digger came in to finish the demolition job.

Her parents bought the house in 1957 and lived there until their deaths in 1986.

Mrs Venturi, who owns the Trellis restaurant in Rottingdean High Street, said the police had a “couple of leads” in tracking down the culprits, but no arrests had been made.

The site will now be redeveloped with three new houses being built.

Mrs Venturi said: “It is a sad day but it had to go.

“Obviously I would like to find out who did it and for them to be punished but that’s not always possible.”

Anyone with information can call Sussex Police on 101 or email contact.centre@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 937 of 07/11.


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8:04am Fri 31 Jan 14

LB says...

"The site will now be redeveloped with three new houses being built. "

For which planning permission would not been possible with a house on the site?
"The site will now be redeveloped with three new houses being built. " For which planning permission would not been possible with a house on the site? LB

8:32am Fri 31 Jan 14

RottingdeanRant says...

Strange that she should feel so sad about the house being pulled down given that it was an empty, squatted wreck for years!
Strange that she should feel so sad about the house being pulled down given that it was an empty, squatted wreck for years! RottingdeanRant

9:50am Fri 31 Jan 14

Juleyanne says...

I agree with previous comment. It must indeed be sad to see your family home subject to criminal damage. However, for as long as I can remember
it has been in a state of disrepair and empty and was squatted and it seemed such a pity to leave it in such poor repair for so long.
I agree with previous comment. It must indeed be sad to see your family home subject to criminal damage. However, for as long as I can remember it has been in a state of disrepair and empty and was squatted and it seemed such a pity to leave it in such poor repair for so long. Juleyanne

5:24pm Fri 31 Jan 14

minnie&teddy says...

this house should have been looked after and sold a lovely house left to rot and left to squatters no sympathy I am afraid.
this house should have been looked after and sold a lovely house left to rot and left to squatters no sympathy I am afraid. minnie&teddy

6:33pm Fri 31 Jan 14

John Steed says...

profit being had there, convenient fire
profit being had there, convenient fire John Steed

8:47pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Saltdean Resident says...

Coincidence that the fire happened just a couple of days after planning was granted, no squatters to evict and easier to demolish.
Coincidence that the fire happened just a couple of days after planning was granted, no squatters to evict and easier to demolish. Saltdean Resident

11:21pm Fri 31 Jan 14

whoee! says...

Arr good old Jewish lightening lol That poor woman is crying all the way to the bank
Arr good old Jewish lightening lol That poor woman is crying all the way to the bank whoee!

5:08am Sat 1 Feb 14

losdude says...

How dare you, you nasty nasty people!?!?
Imagine if it was your home that your parents had bought and you'd grown up in with siblings and had great memorys of living there!!

sometimes I wonder what;s happened to Brighton, people used to be nice here.....
How dare you, you nasty nasty people!?!? Imagine if it was your home that your parents had bought and you'd grown up in with siblings and had great memorys of living there!! sometimes I wonder what;s happened to Brighton, people used to be nice here..... losdude

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