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Second home owners have turned our Happy Valley town into a woke nightmare where pints cost £7 | The Sun
WITH its quaint cobbled streets and rolling hills, Hebden Bridge is the perfect antithesis to the dark plots and sinister characters in Happy Valley.
But fed up locals say their once affordable market town is now a “woke” playground for second home owners, where pricey cafes and £7 pints are driving out ordinary families.
The gripping BBC cop drama, back for its third and final series after a seven-year hiatus, is set in the picturesque Calder Valley in Yorkshire.
The popularity of the show – named after the police nickname for the area due to its perceived drug problems – has sparked an influx of tourists since 2014, when the first series aired.
The real life Hebden Bridge, where Sarah Lancashire’s character Sgt Catherine Cawood lives along with her heroin addict sister Claire (Siobhán Finneran), is renowned for its hippy culture and was named the greatest town in Europe in 2011 by The Academy Of Urbanism.
The streets are littered with independent artisan shops, art galleries and a myriad of characterful cafes.
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But while it doesn’t have trouble with organised crime gangs like the Kneževićs and psychopathic serial killers like Tommy Lee Royce (played by James Norton), there are problems bubbling under the surface – arguably an adverse effect of its newfound fame.
Sky-high prices are pushing out locals, leaving their bored teenagers hanging about in areas that have become "no-go zones" at night.
Local residents warn of two hotspots where young tearaways while away their evenings setting fires, taking drugs, spraying graffiti and drinking alcohol.
At night the local park on the outskirts and the closed-off market area attracts bored youngsters who only have a youth club running from 3.30pm to 7pm every Wednesday night to entertain them.
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