Residents of a West Midlands suburb claim they live in fear on one of “Britain’s roughest estates” where children as young as 10 tear apart live pigeons.
Blakenall in Walsall, West Midlands, has been compared to ‘war-torn Ukraine’, with the area seemingly falling into a state of decay and ‘lawlessness’ over the past two years.
Locals are now demanding action, saying they are too scared to leave their homes as antisocial and violent behavior escalates.
Frightened residents say they have been left in fear after arson attacks, fly-tipping, theft, muggings and vandalism have ravaged the property.
A live pigeon was reportedly torn to pieces outside a store in front of horrified staff and customers.
Blakenall Independent Councilor Pete Smith said: “Empty houses are being vandalized and set on fire, rubbish is being dumped and it’s something from war-torn Ukraine.
“I was told that kids as young as eight or nine were dating teenagers as young as 14 to 17.
“There was also this poor pigeon that had its head ripped off outside a shop before they ripped off its wings and ripped them to pieces.”
Another apparent incident was a house fire that left a mother and her children too scared to return.
Buses, taxis and cars are said to be routinely attacked, with a delivery driver hospitalized by a thrown bottle.
And balaclava-clad youths wield knives while streets become dumps for flying debris.
Residents have blamed the pandemic, saying it has rendered the property “lawless,” with garbage dumped everywhere and rats invading people’s kitchens.
A local, who asked not to be named, said: “The place has quickly descended into an almost lawless state since the pandemic.
“Before that we had problems, but not to the extent that we see it now. It’s like a war zone out there at times.
“People say it’s the roughest property in Britain and I’m not sure I could disagree.
“But these kids will wear that like a badge of honour.
“It’s only a matter of time before someone gets killed here. There are fights every day.”
Children in Blakenall are said to subject shop workers to racist abuse on a daily basis, stealing eggs from shops to throw back in their windows.
And a mother-of-seven said police were being chased out of town by thugs with bricks.
West Midlands Police have confirmed they are stepping up patrols and using scatter orders to try to control the problems.
Inspector Phil Upton said: “We are aware of the growing concern at instances of appalling behavior by a small minority of young people in the Blakenall area.
“We understand how worrying and disturbing this can be and we have been conducting additional patrols in the area to prevent further incidents and to assist with our ongoing investigation.
“We have also used eviction orders in the area to remove and deter those identified as responsible.”
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