Estate riddled with rubbish is so rough homes went on sale for 99p

This is the eerie housing estate with burned out, boarded up and abandoned houses so rough some homes went on sale for 99p.

It has piles of upturned furniture dumped in gardens, smashed glass and children have seen violent incidents from their front gardens.

According to residents, police "turn up ten times a day", with piles of rubbish full of old mattresses and overflowing bin bags are now part of the backdrop.

Primrose Court in Huyton was once like any other UK street, full of nice well-kept family homes, reports the Liverpool Echo.

But locals say things took a turn for the worst when a group of new families moved in during June 2018.

Residents claim it went downhill, with one woman saying her children witnessed serious violence while playing in the front garden.

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The woman, who did not want to be named, said: "It was nice when I first moved in. They were lovely houses.

"It went really bad around June 2018.

"One family moved in and the next minute they all turned up.

"That was when it all went downhill."

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She added: "They were always in my front garden fighting, drinking and dumping rubbish.

"You'd have taxis pulling up and they'd be threatening the taxi drivers with baseball bats.

"Police are here ten times a day going around the estate."

She said after families moved out of the homes, which are privately owned, kids living in the area continued to vandalise them.

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One house is so badly damaged following a fire that half of its roof has been burned down.

Paul Mangan, 51, who moved out of the area three months ago, said the derelict buildings are an easy target for kids 'with nothing else to do'.

Paul said: "You didn't know when the house next door was going to go up.

"We try to stop the kids from burning them down but there's nothing else for them to do."

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He claimed three of the properties were put up for auction with a starting bid of 99p, but nothing has changed since with the houses that sold.

Another man said he felt unsafe living near the estate but had no other choice.

The resident, who wanted his identity hidden for fear of repercussions, said: "We've had a lot of problems with anti-social behaviour. I think that's why no one wants to take these properties.

"I was new here in Liverpool. I never imagined it would be this way."

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He described Primrose Court and the surround streets as "one of the most dangerous areas in Liverpool".

On August 26, officers from Merseyside Police carried out a day of action in the area.

They were joined by Knowsley Council's Crime and Communities, Environmental Health and Street Scene Teams, as well as Merseyside Fire and Rescue service.

The Police and Crime Commissioner's Office and British Gas also took part.

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The action involved "targeting those involved in serious violence and antisocial behaviour, whilst engaging with and reassuring the public".

On the day, officers arrested a 37 year old man on suspicion of abstracting electricity and drugs offences.

Police also seized a small quantity of suspected Class A drugs.

Chief Inspector Phill Mullally, of Knowsley's Local Policing Team, said officers are in the area regularly to continue a "visible presence to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour", and to reassure the community.

Councillor Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, told the Echo: "Our message is clear – we will not tolerate crime and ASB in our borough, and this Day of Action embodies all the hard work being done behind the scenes by ourselves and partners to tackle the concerns that matter to our residents.

"As a partnership we have developed a strategy in order to bring about positive change and we are taking a holistic approach in order to create a safer borough for Knowsley’s residents.”

The community are urged to get in touch with the police regarding crime and individuals who may be having a negative impact on the area.

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