‘Hellhole’ street dwellers fear ‘monkey dust squatters’ and women ‘grabbing children’

Residents living on a street in Stoke-on-Trent say their lives have been made “hell” by late-night newcomers, squatters, rubbish dumped on the streets and discarded needles

Police have made multiple visits to the boarded-up street, but residents claim nothing is being done
Police have made multiple visits to the boarded-up street, but residents claim nothing is being done

Families living on a “hell street” have described their terror after a woman was accused of stalking and grabbing local children.

Local residents living on Carron Street, Fenton, claim a woman squatting in one of the red brick terrace houses follows and reaches out to mothers and their children as they pass.

Stoke-on-Trent locals say their lives have also been made a misery by ‘squatters and junkies’, reports say StokeonTrentLive.

Problems include drug users stumbling in the middle of the street, discarded needles and late-night noise.

Staffordshire Police have been called into the streets on numerous occasions but residents claim nothing is being done.

Mum Sarah Taylor says she feels ‘trapped’ in her Carron Street home.

People dumped garbage in the alleys


Stoke Warden)

The 46-year-old said: “It’s the worst property I’ve ever lived in my life because it was so filthy – people dumping rubbish in the alleys, junkies walking up and down the streets, needles throw and smoke monkey dust.

“It’s disgusting. And then you’ve had people like you in this house with no electricity or gas for two years and they’re still living there. I can’t understand why the landlord allowed them to stay. I won’t be here with my kids stay until they’re gone.

“Basically, the property hangs – and nobody cares. I’ve tried my best to get out of the estate but I can’t find any benefit anywhere – because I have health issues. I’m waiting for a lung transplant. I feel trapped.”

Zuzana Bogyoova, 30, moved to Carron Street five years ago and now also wants to move because of the problems.

She said: “The woman is always staring at people and screaming. she looks away I didn’t see anything with the kids but I know some people struggled.

“Parents shouldn’t have to worry about the school holidays when the weather is nice when someone like that is around.

Some have threatened to arrest a citizen after becoming frustrated with the apparent lack of police action


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“I don’t want my friends and family to come over here and hear that right out my window. If I want to have a barbecue with my friends, that’s not possible. It makes me feel like I don’t want to invite anyone here. I’m considering moving next year.”

Another resident says he is constantly woken up at night by the noise.

He added: “It’s so disturbing and disgusting to have people like that on the street.

“The house has been in this condition for the five years I have lived here. They’re crack addicts. […] There’s always screaming and arguing on the street about God knows when.

“I don’t think there are any rear windows either. It’s a terrible state for a property. Others have moved away because crime is so bad in the area.”

A third Carron Street resident said: “All hell broke loose on the street on Tuesday night and the police were here. It’s not fun on this street right now.

“I came home from work a week and a half ago – and I thought something was wrong. This woman was too bold for my liking.

“It was on the neighborhood watch about this woman who had followed her from school with her grandchildren and tried to touch the children.

“Many children come here to go to school. Having someone like that on the street – that’s not good, that’s not nice at all.

“Hopefully when they get her out on the road things could settle down and we could get back to a little bit of normality.

“I’ve been here for seven years – it wasn’t that bad when I first moved. But now they seem to be putting problem people in the apartment buildings. The street is run down – a lot of people will tell you that.”

Another resident added: “They tried to grab children in front of their parents which is quite shocking. I heard reports last week of them hovering around the back, trying back doors and things like that.”

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “The woman has been identified and whilst we understand this behavior is of concern we would like to reassure the community that appropriate protective measures are being taken.”

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