Wrongly accused held for 70 years
‘A woman who spent 70 years in institutions after she was wrongly accused of theft has been reunited with her long-lost family.
Jean Gambell, now 85, was working as a cleaner in a doctor’s surgery when she was accused of stealing 2s 6d – equivalent to twelve-and-a-half pence.
The cash later turned up but by then Jean had been sectioned.
Her two brothers found the sister they had thought was dead when a care home questionnaire came to their house.’