Anger as children find used knives and needles while playing near a mountain of fly dumps
Children play surrounded by knives and needles in a Grimsby neighborhood after a vacant house became the target of fly-twist.
Number 2 Albert Place, near Freeman Street, has been empty since November according to locals. When the previous tenants left it was immaculate with no litter in sight. However, less than six months later, the back garden has become a dump full of chest freezers, mattresses, knives and even used needles.
Locals said they spent a lot of time cleaning the lane and making sure the area was well maintained, but say local children often remove rubbish from the garden after it has been tidied.
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Mary Hogsberg has lived in the area for over 50 years and said the situation of the vacant property was absolutely disgusting. She said: “As the elderly pass away and their properties come up for sale, tenants seem to be moving in regardless of the area and that’s the result of that.
“We clean the driveway all the time when there’s trash in it and every time we clean it someone comes and pulls it out again. I often clean it myself and last week I had a little girl with me I told her no to pick up anything as it could be dangerous but soon after she brought me two used needles I was just grateful she didn’t prick herself .
“The kids are still playing here and you don’t want them having to play in there. Cleaning up seems like a waste of time now, due to some people’s ignorance and rudeness. They just don’t seem to not have it. Pride.”
Another resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “It’s just awful. Litter all over the grass is the last thing we want to see when we walk or watch our children play.”
Sukina Scott, 43, has lived in her home for six years now and is fed up with the constant litter. She said: “It’s just been used as a dump since everyone knows the old tenants are gone.
“A young boy even found two knives in there not too long ago. Also, there are rats and even a stray cat living among the garbage. It’s disgusting to know that all this is going on My partner is disabled after having a stroke a few years ago but he can’t make it that far on his scooter due to all the broken glass on the floor.
“It’s both disgusting and dangerous to think of children playing in all of this. We’ve tried to raise the issue with the authorities and the owner, but nobody seems to be able to do anything about it. The other day , some kids came in and grabbed a can of fence paint and I just started throwing it all the way down the floor.
“There used to be a door at the back of the house, but now it’s even worse. We would like to sort out the mess, but we have no power to do anything about it. If we were to hire a skip we would have need about four of them, the place is like a mini tip.”
Sukina said it was a heartbreaking sight for her and the others, especially when they took such good care of their home. She said: “We’re a big community here and this kind of thing feels bad to all of us. It’s really frustrating, especially because it impacts the lives of people like my husband, elderly residents and those who have disabled kids who don’t. I want to go through all the glass and trash.”