Gang told the man to “pay protection money” if he wanted to stay in a problem area

Khaled Baleid, one of many residents afraid to leave their homes on a troubled Merseyside estate, says he has been constantly threatened and racially abused and has been attacked with a pole

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A man says a gang told him he had to pay them “protection money” to keep living in a run-down property or his house would be burned down.

Khaled Baleid, 59, who lives at Primrose Court in Huyton, Merseyside, was also left with a broken nose and two black eyes after being attacked with a metal pole in his driveway.

As reported by the Liverpool Echohe’s one of many residents of the troubled property who are afraid to go out after dealing with daily threats of violence and racial abuse.

The many empty houses on Primrose Court have also become a target for arson and fly-tipping in recent years, with rubbish piling up in back gardens and out on the street.

Khaled Baleid was attacked in his driveway and says gangs told him he had to pay “protection money” to stay safe


Andrew Teebay/Liverpool Echo)

A TikTok of the run-down housing development went viral in January and was viewed more than five million times within 24 hours.

Khaled said crime in the area has worsened in recent months with a gang asking him for money in exchange for protection on numerous occasions, although he has refused to do so.

Khaled said the gang regularly shouted racial slurs at him and his wife, adding: “[They say] “We’re gonna break your windows, you damn shit.” You have to pay us if you want to live in this area.’

“They say we have to protect you from people, they will burn down your house. I refused and after that they start being racist [saying] ‘We will burn down your house’.

Khaled after being attacked with a metal pole in his driveway at the property


Khaled Baleid)

Primrose Court has a row of empty, run-down houses


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“Why would anyone come to your house and threaten you? What have we done for it? We are good, innocent people. We told them to just leave us alone.

CCTV footage show the moment Khaled was attacked in his driveway on May 30, a day after airgun shots were fired at his home. A 17-year-old boy from Liverpool has been charged with criminal damage, intimidation of a witness, racially aggravated criminal damage and intentional harm and aggravated assault.

He appeared before Merseyside Youth Remand Court on Thursday morning and was remanded in custody.

Khaled said: “I don’t feel safe but at the same time I’m ready to fight for my rights even if they kill me because I have nowhere to go. Recently I got my British national, I just got my British passport, I just want to live in peace.

“I don’t want someone to come and attack me in my house.”

Local residents claim that people make money by tipping on the property


Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror)

A man who lives in the area but asked not to be named for security reasons said: “I’m scared to go out here. If I have to go out or go to the supermarket, I tell my wife to call me after a while to check if anything happened.”

After being contacted by the Echo this week, Merseyside Police conducted a day of action at Primrose Court on Friday 10 June to tackle serious violence and hate crime.

A police spokesman said: “The day of action follows recent reports of serious acts of violence in the area and aims to reassure all vulnerable victims and prevent further criminal harm, racial abuse or anti-social behaviour.”

When the troubles started

The problems at Primrose Court appear to have started when the development was being built by two private companies who went bankrupt before work on site was completed. This means that key elements such as street lighting and “proper curbs” were not installed on the street.

And because the road is unpaved, maintenance is the responsibility of the property owners. A man who also lives in the area and wished to remain anonymous said the lack of street lighting attracts criminal activity at night.

Merseyside Police conducted a “day of action” on Friday to address the issues


Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror)

The man said people also made money by tipping flies in the area and throwing the rubbish in the gardens of the empty houses, adding: “They make a lot of money from it and that’s why they don’t want people moving in there because.” once people move in, they can’t do it anymore.

“To be honest, I don’t feel comfortable going home. I feel insecure.”

Knowsley Council said it was looking into funding options to improve the property


Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror)

What action has the Knowsley Council taken?

In December 2020, Knowsley Council said: “Funding was secured by the Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership and will be used to help tackle arson in the area through improved lighting and CCTV.”

When asked a year later for an update on that funding, a council spokesman said: “Further funding is needed to regenerate the area before CCTV can be installed and we continue to work with our partners to identify potential sources of funding.” explore.”

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