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Security bought in to solve 'hell' of Cephas Court.

Byline: BEN ECCLESTON Crime Reporter

A disgusted mother told of a trail of diarrhoea, used needles and blood on the walls at Cephas Court, Coventry BOSSES at a Coventry housing complex branded a "living hell" say they have now brought in security and expect to see increased police patrols.

Residents at Cephas Court in Hillfields told the Telegraph how they have to dodge used needles, condoms and even diarrhoea just to get to their front doors. Drug takers are often seen using the communal areas as a shelter while they inject themselves or take crack.

Photos from Cephas Court - which is ran by Orbit Housing - also show blood splattered on the walls and windows.

But now Orbit Housing chiefs say they have worked "intensively" to make "improve the quality of life for our customers".

A spokesman said: "We are working intensively in the area around Cephas Court, including Stoney Stanton Road and Swanswell, to tackle anti-social behaviour and issues affecting our customers. This includes improving the security at these schemes, where we have now employed dedicated security patrols.

"Our head of housing, Kevin Hornsby, visited the scheme with police on October 27 to assess further improvements. Some of the immediate works we have completed include repairing entrance doors, seeking advice from specialist contractors to tackle further vandalism to security at the scheme, cleaning and litter picking.

"We will be improving the decorating as well. Although this hasn't been identified by the police as a 'hot spot', they have agreed to increase patrols in the area. Wherever possible, we will look to take legal action against perpetrators.

"We have also written to customers letting them know of our actions, how they can support us in helping keep their community safe and how to report instances of anti-social behaviour."

A mum-of-three who lives at the flats in Charles Street spoke of her disgust at the diarrhoea which runs down the communal stairs and says she has told her children never to touch bannisters.

She added: "We keep finding people inside, who blatantly don't care who sees them, injecting themselves and then eventually going off. On a daily basis we have needles being left around and also cans with burn marks on them which I'm told is people doing crack. I have children who are seeing this. It is disgusting. It's a living hell."

When contacted by the Telegraph, West Midlands Police confirmed that since September 1 they have received six calls regarding anti-social behaviour at Cephas Court.

Issues included drug-taking, suspicious behaviour and rough sleepers, with officers attending some, but not all, reports from the flats.

The Orbit spokesman added: "A number of landlords in the area are also dealing with issues of drug use and rough sleeping, and we are working in partnership with those landlords and other agencies to find a solution."

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 3, 2016
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