Britain’s ‘roughest housing property’ stuffed with lifeless rats and threatening residents

A housing property described because the “roughest in the UK” has lifeless rats in playgrounds and threatening locals.

YouTuber UK Explored took a visit to Walsall within the West Midlands and was terrified by what he discovered. “Honestly, it scared me,” have been the phrases of the channel’s narrator, as he talked via his go to to the market city’s Blakenall Heath space. Some 400 crimes are regarded as dedicated there, with 2022 information from Crime Rate claiming that Walsall has a criminal offense fee of 151 per 100,000 residents, roughly double the nationwide common.

It wasn’t lengthy earlier than he had an encounter with an area. “The moment I walked into Dawson Street and filmed the street sign a woman told me to f-off and then she started making a call on her phone and I heard her say ‘they’re filming right now, come and see.’ I didn’t want to find out who she was calling so I made a quick exit. As you saw, there’s boarded up houses, junk everywhere and it probably is as bad as the media is making out.”

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The footage doesn’t make for nice viewing, with a lifeless rat, crumbling properties and boarded-up outlets making up nearly all of what you see. Everywhere he seemed, the indicators of city decay have been there to see.

Children's toys were scattered menacingly
Children’s toys have been scattered menacingly

It’s not all dangerous, nonetheless, with home costs sitting at a median of £168,0000 for the broader ward, and considerably decrease than the nationwide common of £288,000. The clip’s proof may need a way of explaining why that was the case.

He famous that he had seemed up the information within the space as a part of his journey there, and what he noticed matched up neatly. “There were stories about the general antisocial behaviour there, people being shot at, children tearing up pigeons and throwing them into the chippie. Yep. And a young kid was blinded after being stabbed last year. So wow is all I can really say to that.”

The shopping in the area appeared to be struggling
The purchasing within the space gave the impression to be struggling

He added: “My parting thoughts on Blakenall is that it felt dangerous, it smelt dangerous and I was happy to move on to the next area.

Speaking to the Express recently, Walsall’s Local Police commander, Chief Superintendent Phil Dolby said: “We know things are not perfect and more work needs to be done, involving all partners, for the communities we serve. Our teams are working tirelessly and often long hours to help deal with the issues that matter most to residents.”

There were signs of street fires
There have been indicators of avenue fires

He additionally famous: “We have permanently based more officers in Blakenall and have seized more than 40 bikes this year that were being ridden illegally… A number of injunctions have been served against problem tenants. We also carry out regular patrols and host pop up police surgeries to address concerns raised by residents. We have issued civil warnings and have arrested people for breaches of those orders.

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