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Shocking new photos have revealed that the £200,000 spa constructed by Captain Sir Tom Moore’s household is now completely flattened.
The unbelievable footage present the unauthorised construction has now been decreased to only a pile of bricks and rubble after the veteran’s daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and her husband had been ordered to tear it down.
Workmen have been toiling on the website in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, for the final week after a November ruling which demanded that the spa be demolished inside three months.
Now villagers have stated that they’re glad the spa is gone. Sue Martindale, 60, stated: “They live in a big house and they thought they could get away with it.”
She advised The Mirror: “They deserve what they have.”
In August 2021 the couple were granted permission to build a Captain Tom Foundation Building to house the covid hero’s memorabilia.
Sir Tom was knighted by the late Queen after raising an astonishing £38 million for NHS charities by completing 100 sponsored laps of the garden of the home during the pandemic in 2020. He died in February 2021 aged 100.
The couple used the foundation’s name on their first set of plans but it wasn’t used in a later retrospective application for a larger building with a spa pool – which was refused in November 2022.
Planning officials said that the spa – attached to their £1.2m mansion – was built in a design which did not have planning permission.
The spa could be seen being ripped out by a crane last Friday – which was exactly three years to the day of Captain Sir Tom’s death on February 2, 2021.
Jackson Demolition oversaw the work and builders used a hydraulic rotating grab attached to an excavator to pull part of the structure from the inside and pound into its roof.
Planning inspector Diane Fleming ruled the spa was to be demolished despite Ms Ingram-Moore’s claim it would be used by the Captain Tom Foundation to “provide rehabilitation classes for aged individuals within the space”.
The basis is the topic of an investigation by the Charity Commission amid considerations about its administration and independence from Captain Sir Tom’s household. The charity watchdog opened a case shortly after the 100-year-old died. It launched its inquiry in June 2022.