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Margaret Jaconelli evicted from 2014 Games flat

Margaret and Jack Jaconelli with supporters
Image caption Margaret and Jack Jaconelli were taken out of the flat on Thursday morning

A woman whose home is to be demolished for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow has been evicted.

Margaret Jaconelli was due to have been evicted from her Dalmarnock flat last week, after losing her legal battles.

Sheriff officers and dozens of police officers arrived outside Mrs Jaconelli's home at about 0500 GMT.

The 52-year-old grandmother and her husband were the last remaining residents in the flats on Ardenlea Street.

Glasgow City Council had been granted a compulsory purchase order for the two-bedroom property.

The eviction process took just over two hours with the couple leaving at about 0720 GMT.

The Jaconellis had been in the property with other family members.

When they were taken out the couple said they were disgusted with the way the council had treated them and claimed they were walking away from their home of 34 years with nothing.

Mrs Jaconelli had challenged the decision to evict her at a last-minute hearing at the Court of Session in Edinburgh but lost her legal fight.

She was told she could appeal against the compensation awarded to her through the Lands Tribunal, but the eviction would not be postponed.

Mrs Jaconelli said the £30,000 initially offered for the flat was not enough to buy another property.

The city council said the district valuer had since increased the offer to £90,000.

But Mrs Jaconelli has accused the council of trying to steal her house.

Image caption Officers arrived at the east end street in the early hours of the morning

Glasgow City Council said the compulsory purchase order had been a "last resort" due to the "unbridgeable gap" between the valuation set by the district valuer and the sum being sought by Mrs Jaconelli.

A spokesman said: "Mrs Jaconelli had exhausted every legal avenue open to her in the UK, with the Sheriff Court and the Court of Session ruling in favour of the council.

"Throughout the process, we have tried to engage with Mrs Jaconelli as much as possible and continued offers of discussion throughout. An offer of new housing is still available to Mrs Jaconelli.

"In the years before the council's involvement, local housing associations had also made offers of rehousing to Mrs Jaconelli as part of efforts to regenerate the area, but all of these were refused."

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