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Residents fear for their lives on Shadwell estate

PUBLISHED: 16:54 05 August 2010 | UPDATED: 16:17 05 October 2010

Residents hit out at housing bosses over anti-social behaviour problems

Residents hit out at housing bosses over anti-social behaviour problems

Carmen Valino

NEIGHBOURS living on an East End estate say they are too scared to leave their homes because of rowdy teenagers hanging around their doorsteps. Residents living in the new Tarling Heights development in Shadwell are calling for their housing association

NEIGHBOURS living on an East End estate say they are too scared to leave their homes because of rowdy teenagers hanging around their doorsteps.

Residents living in the new Tarling Heights development in Shadwell are calling for their housing association One Housing Group to take action following claims they have battled with anti-social behaviour for more than three years.

And the problems came to ahead one morning when they discovered blood all over their doors, windows and cars after they claim they saw a group of youths fighting in James Voller Way during the night.

Father-of-two Raheem Uddin, 34, who was awoken by screaming during the early hours of the morning on Saturday July 24, said: "It looked like a scene from a gangster movie.

"You could hear the cars breaking hard and see people running, And then the next morning there was blood all over the doors and windows.

"A lot of people are scared to come out of their houses."

Residents say the groups of teenagers gather in the afternoon and hang around during the night, drinking and racing their cars. And they say needles are often found strewn on the ground.

Neighbour Nazin Uddin said: "I am frightened for my kids.

"Those youths could be carrying knives and they could end up pushing my kids around. And there are so many of them now hanging around that we cannot do anything about it. We are too scared to ever say anything to them."

Raheem is calling for housing bosses to gate-off the estate and he added: "Until something actually happens to a resident I don't think there will be any change.

"If they are not going to take action when our kids can't even go out, does that mean someone has to die before we get some help?"

But a One Housing spokeswoman said bosses had been working with the Tarling Community Residents Association, Tower Hamlets council and the police to tackle the problems on the estate and they were "exploring the option" of gating-off the estate.

Around £26,500 had been spent on improving doors and installing additional CCTV cameras, with another £9,000 earmarked for more improvements.

A police spokeswoman said a 20-year-old youth was arrested and charged with ABH on July 24 following an assault that day in James Voller Way


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