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Neighbourhood Like A 'Warzone', Say Residents

Thursday August 22 2013

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RESIDENTS have said anti-social behaviour is so bad in their neighbourhood it's akin to a 'warzone'.

More than 25 angry residents in Monk Bretton gatecrashed a community crime and safety meeting last week, saying they feared someone would be seriously hurt or even killed by "druggies, alcoholics and glue-sniffers" roaming St Anne's Drive, Rainford Drive and Fylde Close.

Chairman of the crime and safety group, Terry Price, passed concerns on to the police at the Partners and Community Together (PACT) meeting.

She said residents "can't take any more" and members agreed to make the crackdown a priority.

Some elderly people are too scared to answer their doors and cannot sleep because of shouting and the noise of smashing windows in the early hours, according to local people.

Barry Wallace, 73, of St Anne's Drive, has lived in the area for 47 years and was among those at the community crime and safety meeting last Wednesday.

He said problems had been going on for more than a year.

"Druggies are causing mayhem going into old folks' houses and demanding food," he said. "One glue-sniffer walks down the street openly holding the can and we have smelled cannabis next door.

"A lady complained about her neighbour and now it sounds like he is battering her wall with a sledgehammer."

Mr Wallace said police had been out several times but problems were escalating.

Monk Bretton's Cllr Margaret Sheard said: "Until the residents all came along to the meeting we didn't realise the extent of the problems."

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Reply Posted by maz on Thursday August 22 2013 at 11:41
you never get them all together some don't care and some are too afraid they don't realise until they all stand together nothing will get done

Reply Posted by BarnsleyFred on Thursday August 22 2013 at 12:13
This is all over the UK, never mind Monk Bretton. It amazes me that when we buy a dog, we show it discipline, but this "nanny state" forbids us to show children the same! In our area at the moment, we had an 8 year old telling the Police what she could and could not do... The parents have certainly shown her the ropes!

Reply Posted by mr x on Thursday August 22 2013 at 19:11
no cant be monkbretton area its too posh

Reply Posted by julz on Thursday August 22 2013 at 22:09
neighbor problems are rife and people don't have very much respect for each other . We should all be allowed to live in our homes peacefully without noise or interference from anyone else. Sometimes even when you all stand together, the police and council can't do anything because the nuisance neighbors rights are protected too. Which is frustrating !

Reply Posted by mr d on Friday August 23 2013 at 08:28
first off all nobody gate crashed a meeting which is open to the residents of monk Bretton and surrounding areas and only 10 residents turned up to the meeting and regards to the war zone its been like that all over the village for yearswhich the group have been dealing with and with good progress but the residents from down there couldn't be bothered to come to the meeting which has been going for 7years+until the problem got to their doorstep

Reply Posted by dedatodd on Friday August 23 2013 at 10:01
This type of thing has been happening for years, over 10 years ago we had issues when I lived in the Cudworth area. Numerous meetings with councillors / police / residents etc didn't seem to make a difference. At one meeting a senior member of the constabulary asked the residents to 'bear with them' while they built up a case against the offenders. When I asked the police officer and councillors present how long these people would live next door to them and would they 'bear with it'.... no answer. You have to show solidarity and no fear to these people, eventually they will move on, the only problem is that it becomes someone else's problem the next village down.

Reply Posted by T.Watt on Friday August 23 2013 at 17:01
fetch 'em to Darfield, there's hundreds of 'em here.

Reply Posted by Fawkes on Friday August 23 2013 at 20:48
Thats the problem .All the trash people just get moved on to other area's, to make other people lives a misery . The council has a zero tolerance policy with there tenants .But after they get evicted they move on to private landlords.Who don't care what there tenants are getting up to, as long as the social pay their rents. These slumlords should and must be licensed for every property they own .They should then have their licence revoked if they fail to sort there tenants out.

Reply Posted by LV on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 22:34
I totally agree!! When I moved into my home I had issues with my neighbours for months! I chanced across their landlord on one of my days off and advised him of the issues we'd been having, he didn't give a toss and rather than him sorting his tenants out I had to suffer for even longer until we ended up phoning 999 because trying to get them to be quiet in the early hours because of threatening behaviour. Eventually we got to the SNT (didn't do a great deal) was good for a few weeks then same old, I started coming home and sitting with my headphones in all night to block them out. Now 15 months later we're amicable.

By ignoring what I'd told the landlord he was breaking laws due to the subject of the discussion - but so long as thir rent's paid they're classed as 'good tenants'.

Reply Posted by sandra on Monday August 26 2013 at 12:12
private landlords on our street aren't bothered that majority of people who live here have to put up with very loud music, fighting and drinking come from a handful of houses they own every weekend keeping people up until 3.30 am, they live miles away and don't have to live with it, and if you complain to them all you get from them is "TENANTS HAVE RIGHTS" what about the other tenants ?

Reply Posted by becki on Monday August 26 2013 at 12:15
My nan lives round that area and has for as long as I remember, I stayed for the week a few months ago and its terrible. Something needs doing about them as some of the elderly are scared to go out,I was a bit wary too. Shame as it used to be a really quiet friendly area.

Reply Posted by X x x on Monday August 26 2013 at 12:26
If you think monk Bretton is bad you should see worsbrough common. And they ain't Kids anymore that roam the streets they are young adults. All of them probably on benefits with no respect, sat outside shops hurling abuse at people and often hitting people for no reason. Windows have been smashed all over the common this weekend, cars being stolen, young people being abused. It's ridiculous, something needs to happen up there before their is anymore murders up there.

Reply Posted by keith on Monday August 26 2013 at 12:28
Are the police doing enough ? are their hands tied ?, dealers are rife everywhere in Barnsley, its easy to spot the dealers houses with loads of cctv camera,s stuck to the outside walls, 3 or 4 cars on the drive and the dealer doesn,t work, how much longer are decent people going to put up with these

Reply Posted by Karl on Monday August 26 2013 at 12:54
Everyone who get caught whith drugs in my opinion should get locked up or exciled to a diffrent country or area, everyone now days seems to be doing it more and more becouse they think it ok and nothing will happen a remember when kids used to to callpople druggys you never hear that anymore becouse somehow it seems acceptable now

Reply Posted by anon on Monday August 26 2013 at 14:31
Phantom, the saying warzone is used as a figure of speech, the people that have said it, it's not their children that need sorting out, read the full statement first. Scrubbers that don't work doing drugs is rife throughout Barnsley, the courts should stop giving out community service to these low lifes send them to prison. These people have no respect for their own never mind anything else in the community.

Reply Posted by me on Monday August 26 2013 at 15:21
The isnt jst monkbretton that like it i can name a few other places like it and what gts dun nothink the guvonment fetchd it all on the selfs when the stopt us from punashin our kids for doin wrong it stinks as the not jst druggies and piss heads owt there causin trouble the kids as young as 7 causin trouble if the sent every person to another country for causin shit then the b no **** left in barnsley if we did half of what kids do these days we would have nown about it bt what do kids gt these days a shoutin at and let bk owt to do it again the no 1 to blaim bt the govenment

Reply Posted by John on Tuesday August 27 2013 at 22:16
This is a sign of thing's to come, no job's for kid's or adults. It looks like the Council wants to close down all thing's for our kids. There shutting thing's in town, no youth club's - or nay other places, kids and families not all trouble, but it seems we are going back to 1980's !

Reply Posted by craig on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 21:20
We had less things to do when I was younger but we made our own entertainment - didn't go round causing trouble.

Reply Posted by Lmd on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 21:23
This sort of thing has been going on for years in 'deprived' areas. Only makes news when it affects the 'posh' areas.

Reply Posted by Beep Beep on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 21:33
Lmd - you hit the nail on the head. I used to work with someone from Monk Bretton who looked down his nose at my home area. Seems as though nothing gets done until the nicer areas are struggling.
PS Cannot wait for these problems to hit areas such as Cawthorne and then that will really make me laugh eh Stevo??????

Reply Posted by dave on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 21:39
Anti social will happen in all areas ,
Drugs are taken widely in all areas .
It's a shame but Barnsley is killing itself.
There's no such thing as community spirit anymore.
Local shops go , local trade go , inflation happens and problems starry .
We should be proud to be from tarn but it's going down hill .
This is a way of life .
Parents are as much to blame .
Things will only get worse .
I'm not or never will be a kill joy , I've had a hardlife
Thourgh being a idiot at a young age .
Yes private landlords can and will be the worst but that definitely needs to change.
I'm a miners son when a slap was a slap.
Taught me to have respect.
Believe me I've been a bad lad in my time.

Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 21:46
Totally correct Dave, and it's a poor state of affairs for sure!