AN ELDERLY World War Two hero - imprisoned in her own home - has told of her relief after the lift in her block of flats was finally repaired.
Eighty-seven-year-old Notburga Tilt, who lives on the fourth floor of Amethyst Court, Olton, where most of the residents are in their 70s or 80s, was even trapped inside the lift for 15 minutes.
Residents have complained of long-running problems with one tenant reportedly getting a shock from the controls.
But the lift was finally fixed on Wednesday after being out of action for two weeks.
Mrs Tilt, originally from Czechoslovakia, was a member of the Czech Resistance and her husband was the chief engineer in the Dam Busters Squadron.
She moved to Amethyst Court four and a half years ago, after running a 10 room hotel in Stratford, buying the flat for £190,000 to be closer to her daughter in Hall Green.
The building is run by managing agents Pennycuick Collins.
“I was two weeks imprisoned in my flat. It was a nightmare,” said Mrs Tilt.
“This is a scandal. I think I ought to get compensation. It’s 68 steps up. You should see the steps! Gliding steps, not meant for older people.
“I injured my ankle 18 months ago and now I have a stick I have to hold the wall as I walk, and my friend in the building is unsteady too.
“I pay £150 maintenance a month. Its an absolute outrage.”
Mrs Tilt has also written three books, was made an Honorary Member of the Royal British Legion in 1960 and featured on This Is Your Life in the 1970s.
She said: “I’m not a scrounger. The flat is beautiful, the view is beautiful. I have spent £15,000 improving it. But if I cannot get down steps then what good is it?
“Friends have told me this is a criminal case.”
Peter Dening, a spokesman for Pennycuick Collins, said the lift was old.
He added: “The lifts are under a management contract and problems are dealt with as soon as possible.
“We were waiting for spare parts to be brought over. All call outs are dealt with straight away.
“I’m not aware of anyone being trapped in the lift or any of the other problems mentioned.”