A diabetic mum-of-two was evicted from her social home by Ealing Council - while she was in intensive care due to her pregnancy.

Pregnant Stacey Harding was rushed to hospital in January with hyperemesis, a condition that caused her to vomit up to 60 times a day due to pregnancy.

The 24-year-old ended up being kept in Northwick Park Hospital until she prematurely gave birth to her daughter, Lilly-Mae, in April.

But when she returned later that month, Miss Harding was told she had been evicted from her social housing in Slough because the council believed it had been abandoned and another homeless family were in need.

She also claims all of her belongings in the home - including a cot, a pram and her clothes - have not been returned to her since.

'They have taken away all my stuff'

Miss Harding said: "They said they didn't need to give me a property because I had a roof over my head in hospital.

"They just said no one was there because I didn't get back in contact. But I got mum to phone them.

"So they have gone in and taken away all my stuff. I have been asking them where is my stuff - all they keep saying is we don't know who got rid of it".

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The council said it was first informed Miss Harding had been hospitalised in December last year, with an earlier bout of hyperemesis, for a few weeks before she went to live with her mum in Northolt to make a recovery.

A spokesperson told getwestlondon that council records show nobody informed them she was rushed into hospital again in January.

It led them to evict the 24-year-old from her home and replace her with a homeless family in February, following an inspection which showed signs of abandonment - including out of date milk.

The council has since put Miss Harding in a bed and breakfast in Hayes , but the new mother claims it is not possible to raise two children inside, forcing her to stay with her mum.

'Alternative suitable housing'

The council spokesperson said: "We are continuing to work with Ms Harding to find alternative suitable housing and have provided her with B&B accommodation which is closer to relatives than her previous address.

"Like other London boroughs we have extremely high demand for housing and where temporary accommodation appears to have been abandoned for many weeks it has to be reallocated to another homeless family.

"We are in contact with the management company which was responsible for removing and storing the few possessions that were left in the flat".

The council added that tenants are usually served a 48-hour notice following signs of abandonment before eviction, but on this occasion Miss Harding was evicted a full five weeks after she was given notice in January.

But Miss Harding's mum, Jane Harding, is adamant she informed the council that her daughter had been rushed into hospital in January and could not put a timescale on the return.

She said: "I cannot believe what the council have done to her. You don't do that to somebody who has been in intensive care and high dependency and come out and find you've got no home or belongings.

"I think it's absolutely disgusting what they have done".