Nathan Hartwell- Hounded To Death By DWP For Charity Bike Ride, Says Partner

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The family of a man stripped of disability allowance because he did a charity bike ride say ­benefits bosses hounded him to death.

Nathan Hartwell, 36, died of heart failure after an 18-month battle with the ­Department for Works and Pensions.

They stopped his allowance, accused him of lying about his condition and demanded £11,000 after learning he had cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End and back to raise £2,000 for Help for Heroes.

The DWP pursued Nathan even after prosecutors dropped a benefits fraud charge against him.

Reports by two surgeons said although walking caused him pain, he could ride a bike.

The former IT salesman had contracted a flesh-eating bug aged 15 and needed vein transplants. He was forced to give up work at 27.

His disability was so bad he was told by doctors before one operation that he might lose a leg.

Girlfriend Karen Colam…

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