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‘Britain’s Roughest Estate’ Is Rife With Minors Running Riots

One local resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “It had got to the point where we are scared to leave our homes even in the daytime”.

Residents are living in fear on one of ‘Britain’s roughest estates’ where yobs as young as 10 have been running riot and even ripping live pigeons apart. 

Blakenall, in Walsall, West Mids., has been compared to ‘war-torn Ukraine’ after the area began falling into a state of disrepair during the past two years. Locals are constantly being plagued by violence and anti-social behavior and say they are too scared to leave their homes – even in the daytime. 

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Youths as young as 10 have been subjecting terrified residents and shopkeepers to racial and physical attacks on a daily basis. Tormented residents and business owners are now demanding action following a string of incidents including arson attacks, fly-tipping, thefts, assaults and vandalism. 

A local coucouncilorncillor also told how a live pigeon was even torn to pieces in front of horrified staff and customers outside a shop in the area. Businesses have also been pelted with eggs, flour and bricks causing damage to property while buses, taxis and cars routinely get attacked.

One local resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “It had got to the point where we are scared to leave our homes even in the daytime”.

A mum-of-seven, who also did not want to be named, added: “Its the younger kids causing the most problems. They get a buzz from it when the police arrive – but the police end up running away because they get pelted with bricks”. 

These kids have simply been running riot. “Empty houses are being trashed and set on fire, rubbish is being dumped and its like something from war-torn Ukraine. People are scared to walk the streets, shoppers are telling me they aren’t going into Blakenall anymore, so shops are losing trade”, she said.

A Walsall Council spokesperson said: “The council is actively working in partnership with West Midlands Police colleagues, partners and the local community to tackle these issues.” 

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Gary Brookes, Walsall Housing Group’s director of housing said: “We are really concerned about ongoing issues in this area regarding criminal activity and antisocial behavior. Our empty properties on Dawson Street have been targeted by criminals which has prevented us from accessing them and led to them needing substantial repair work”.

“We will be securing the site in the next few weeks and are looking at what additional steps we can take to prevent any further damage while we work on these properties”.

“The situation in Dawson Street is one we are taking very seriously. We are working with a number of partners including the police, council and the residents themselves to resolve these issues”.

Produced in association with SWNS.

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