The BBC News article tells the story of Frank Willett, a Dunkirk and Normandy veteran, who was exploited by his neighbour Colin Blake.

In 2003 Frank was living with Dementia and was a widower, with his daughter living 300 miles away, Frank granted Mr Blake as his Power of Attorney. Within that same year, Mr Blake withdrew over £9000 from his elderly neighbours account, took Mr Willetts war medals, family photographs and his wife's wedding ring and jewellery. When Frank had to move to a care home to better look after his care and support needs, Mr Blake sold Frank's home and moved to France with the proceeds.

Mr Lush described it as a "crusade" which "demonised" the legal alternative - the appointment of deputies by the Court of Protection itself. The retired judge said there is far more scrutiny from the outset with a deputy as they have to provide a full list of assets, and annual accounts. Deputies also have to provide a security bond, which can be easily claimed if there is a problem with money being spent inappropriately. It is more expensive than power of attorney, but Mr Lush believes it is worth £320 a year to have the safeguards.

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Article published by BBC News: 15th August 2017

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