Call for action on town estate

A HOMEOWNER has finally had enough of her estate, which she says is plagued by alcoholics and drug dealers getting away with crime and anti-social behaviour.

The woman, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals, said that some residents living in and around Mill Street and John Street in Ilkeston were afraid to go out of their homes because of the troublemakers.

She said that banging on her windows and doors in the middle of the night, loud music and intimidating behaviour was making her and her neighbours’ lives a misery – and claimed noise has prevented her from selling her house in a bid to escape her ‘nightmare’.

“For two years it’s just been a nightmare,” she explained.

“At weekends, they’re falling out with each other, drunk, in the street.

“And it’s just as bad in the week – people like me have got to get up and go to work, but they haven’t.

“I’ve got double glazing and they still keep me up at night.

“You just get exhausted from it all.

She added: “It’s half a dozen or so drug dealers and alcoholics creating havoc for the whole area.

Insp Nick Daines at Ilkeston Police Station said he was aware of reported issues in the area but said the force was working hard to deal with the problems.

He said: “There are a number of individuals and families in the area who, it’s alleged, are involved in crime and anti-social behaviour.

“We have made several arrests in relation to these young people and have tried to engage with both them and their families to divert them away from this harmful behaviour and we are currently trying to tackle them through the criminal justice system.

“We are working with landlords so that they realise their premises and housing is at risk if they are persistent in acting in this way.”