Terrified locals on ‘Britain’s worst cul-de-sac’ arm themselves with hammers

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    The residents of the “worst cul-de-sac” in the UK have been stashing weapons by the door to keep themselves safe.

    Locals of Drews Meadow Close in Druids Heath, one of Birimingham’s most deprived areas, say they’re so scared of the area they’ve had to splash the cash for CCTV and don’t go out after dark.

    Break-ins and anti-social behaviour are reportedly commonplace, leaving the people that call the neighbourhood home too scared in some cases even to walk their dog.

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    According to police stats for November 2022, that month there were nine violent or sexual crimes in the small cul-de-sac.

    A resident of 14 years, Robert Wyatt, toldBirmingham Live: "There is a lot of violent people around here, a lot of anti-social, bad behaviour.

    "My son – he's only 16 – was assaulted not long ago, he got attacked just for changing his tyre outside a garage.

    "He got him on top of the van and was punching him and fighting him. My poor son, he's still in school.

    "He attacked me also. He pushed me, I had all the bruises up my arms."

    Gangs are also understood to be operating in the area.

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    Robert explained: “There's quite a lot of youths and gangs walking up and down.

    "I have a problem because there is no fence around my garden. They were all congregating around my garden, sometimes up to 15 of them.

    "The young lads are threatening when they're all together. You ask them to move and they give you verbal abuse. They finally moved but then caused damage to garden ornaments, plants – they push them over."

    Robert isn’t alone in his distrust and fear of the area.

    Dad-of-five Darren keeps a hammer axe by the front door just in case.

    He said: "If you come down here after dark, around 7pm, that's when they come out…I can see why the older folk don't want to walk around here."

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