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Dentro de uma propriedade 'selvagem' invadida por gangues onde 'polícia aterrorizada se recusa a entrar'

IT’S one of the nation’s most deprived areasand has a fearsome reputation to match.

Locals from Orchard Park Estate in Kingston upon Hull, Yorks, claim gangs terrorise the streets, brazenly carry out medicamento deals in shops and steal cars before torching them.

Litter lines the street of a rundown row of shops in Kingston-upon-Hull

Litter lines the street of a rundown row of shops in Kingston-upon-HullCrédito: Hull News and Pictures
Barbed wire lines the fences of some of the estate's homes

Barbed wire lines the fences of some of the estate’s homesCrédito: Hull News and Pictures

The area was recently highlighted in the House Of Commons as one of 225 ‘left-behind neighbourhoodsthat are most vulnerable to the cost of living crisis.

The report concluded Orchard Park has the highest percentage of fuel poverty na Inglaterra, Com mais de 29 per cent of residents predicted to be unable to afford to heat their homes based on their income, comparado com 13.5 per cent nationally.

MP for North Hull Dame Diana Johnson, who helped carry out the research, says she wasinundatedwith responses from residentsgenuinely frightened by the energy price hike coming down the road”.

Now as part of The Sun’s Broke Britain series – where we visit areas blighted by the cost of living crisis – locals tell us just how tight times have become, and how it’s fuelling a spike in crime.

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‘Dealers sell drugs in shops

On a litter-strewn street of rundown shops in Orchard Park, one pensioner who didn’t want to be named for fear of reprisals says gangs arerunning wild”.

They tell us: “It’s not just kids either. Grown men! One did a wheelie on a motorbike all the way down the pavement – people coming out of shops were scared for their lives.

The individual claims thugssmashed up all the CCTV camerasin a bid to hide their identities and nefarious acts.

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Emergency services at a home where a man died from an alleged drug overdoseCrédito: Hull News and Pictures

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Eles adicionam: “You can buy drugs in shops. The police do f**k all. They are scared to come here,” they claimed. “No one wants to live on Orchard Park.”

The area’s drug problems became starkly apparent when a panicked resident tells us his neighbour recently died from a suspected overdose.

While he tried to resuscitate him with CPR, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Charity shop volunteer Mark Sharp, 53, diz “things haven’t improvedin the last 30 years despite ongoing efforts to revive and improve the increasingly stigmatised estate.

You still get druggies aroundthere were some living down the street from us,” ele diz.

You don’t see coppers very oftenI stay indoors mainly, it’s not safe.

‘Young lads loot shops and burn cars

A torched home in the Orchard Park Estate

A torched home in the Orchard Park EstateCrédito: Hull News and Pictures
The local church has multiple broken windows

The local church has multiple broken windowsCrédito: Hull News and Pictures
Jennifer Scott, 67, and Darren Aldridge, 47, say their money doesn't go as far as it did

Jennifer Scott, 67, and Darren Aldridge, 47, say their money doesn’t go as far as it didCrédito: Hull News and Pictures

Antisocial behaviour has long plagued Orchard Park.

Em um 2015 Labour Party survey, 71 per cent of residents claimed crime had increased in the area and many feared it would get worse.

Local resident Darren Aldridge, 47, diz: “It’s mainly around the shops that things are going on that shouldn’t be.

There are shoplifters, nicked vehicles being burned out, and the police are not seen to do nothing.

His fiancee Jennifer Scott, 67, claimed the area wasabsolutely full of young ladsup to no good at night.

You can buy drugs in shops. The police do f**k all. They are scared to come here. No one wants to live on Orchard Park

Resident

No 2019, Orchard Park’s rough reputation was highlighted by Rebecca Garner who told The Sun that a taxi driver refused to enter the area because it wastoo dangerous”.

He allegedly told her bosses had “O que está acontecendo com o TikTok em março” it and hecouldn’t take the riskbecause the last time he went there histaxi got smashed up”.

Trawlerman Craig Salter, 38, believes antisocial behaviour in Orchard Park is linked todeprivation” e “people struggling”.

Ele diz: “Poverty breeds crime. There have been a lot of cutbacks and there’s no recreation for kids – nothing for them to do.

He considers himself one of thelucky onesbecause he has a jobbut admits price hikes are taking a toll on his family life.

We’re not doing days out anymore,” he tells us. “But people on benefits or on low wages must be really struggling to get by.”

‘We need food, not more houses

Single dad-of-three Peter Bunting is having to borrow money from family and friends to survive

Single dad-of-three Peter Bunting is having to borrow money from family and friends to surviveCrédito: Hull News and Pictures
Trawlerman Craig Salter, 38, feels lucky to have a job during this difficult time

Trawlerman Craig Salter, 38, feels lucky to have a job during this difficult timeCrédito: Hull News and Pictures

Outside Cheap As Cheaps discount store, single dad-of-three Pete Bunting, 44, reveals he’s extremely worried about the future.

Ele diz: “Isso é tão difícil, I have money troubles constantly. I have to rely on family and friends, I’m borrowing money from them all the time.

My eldest is just turning 16 so money stops for him now, so yeah, it’s going to get a bit tougher.

My shopping has just cost me £26 – expensive, it would normally have cost less than £20 easy.

Jennifer and Darren, who both receive sickness benefits, have also found themselves invery hard” vezes.

Darren says: “Our money is not lasting due to everything going up.

Craig is urging the Government to do more to tackle the cost of living crisis.

Eu obviamente pensei sobre isso, mas eu tinha um trabalho a fazer.”

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Ele diz: “They have built a lot of new houses on Orchard Park and other parts of the UK, but it’s not the houses that we need.

The Government needs to step up. We don’t need bricks and mortar, we need food!”

The estate has such a bad reputation that taxi drivers refuse to enter

The estate has such a bad reputation that taxi drivers refuse to enterCrédito: Hull News and Pictures
New-build houses and flats in Orchard Park Estate

New-build houses and flats in Orchard Park EstateCrédito: Hull News and Pictures
Charity shop volunteer Mark Sharp, 53, says things 'haven't improved' in 30 anos

Charity shop volunteer Mark Sharp, 53, says things ‘haven’t improved’ no 30 anosCrédito: Hull News and Pictures