Teenage vandals start fires, take drugs and urinate on staircases on an estate where complaints about yobbish behaviour have gone up ten times in a year.
Residents on the notorious Frampton Park Estate hit out at the police and council for failing to protect them from louts who make their lives a “misery”.
Last year 40 reports were made to the council, a tenfold increase from just four complaints in 2010.
Martin Coventry, 51, who cleans the estate, claimed police were often called to sort out problems but ended up “having a laugh” with the trouble-makers and not moving them along.
“A lot of young people hang around the block smoking, mainly near Capel House. I have to clean up after them and they burn the walls, smoke drugs and urinate on staircases. I would say 90 per cent of people come in from other estates,” he said.
One woman complained nearby estates had been improved but problems had been left to fester on Frampton Park Estate.
Claudia Weiberzyke, 39 said youths come in and hang around until late, smoking cannabis and bringing in “status dogs” to intimidate others.
The stay-at-home mum, said: “People are afraid to stand up about this issue but they need to speak out. Most of the boys causing trouble are all right when you stop and speak to them but it has got a lot worse.
“There was joy-riding going on last Friday and the council aren’t doing much to sort stuff out. There used to be speed bumps near here to stop that sort of thing but they took them away.”
“In the summer it was terrible. We have a heroin addict who lives a few doors down and he always brings his friends round to do drugs. I worry about my kids.”
Hackney council said it had improved its complaints procedure.