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Locals on gang-plagued estate scared to go out as victim left in ‘pool of blood’

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Residents who live on one Staffordshire estate are terrified to leave their homes because of a violent, anti-social, racist, drug-dealing mob of youngsters who are running riot.

Pensioners living in the Easthead Walk area of Hanley are now calling for CCTV cameras and fencing to be installed to help them feel safe.

One resident, 65-year-old Bernadette Balchin, has decided to speak out on behalf of other residents after her friend was violently assaulted by one of the yobs, leaving him in "a pool of blood."

Bernadette, who has lived on the estate for over a year, told Stoke on Trent Live of the attack last Thursday: “They were making a noise so my friend turned around and said ‘I’m going to go out there and say something’.

“He was so cross. He went out and I could hear him talking to them. The next minute I heard a thump and they had run off.

“I went outside and my friend was lying there with blood around his head. I took him indoors. Luckily enough there were some paramedics nearby. Someone told them they'd seen a man lying there in a pool of blood.

“They asked him what had happened but he didn’t know. He was conscious but just wasn’t with it."

Bernadette’s friend, 61, was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital for a broken jaw and fractured skull where he remained or two days before being discharged.

Other issues around the estate include youths taking drugs and drinking, noise and intimidation according to Bernadette – who suffers from COPD, anxiety and depression.

She said: “Once someone had been stabbed around here. One of them stabbed the other one.

“This has been going on for about a year. They torment an 82-year-old man because he is black. He is a very nice gentleman.

“They drink down there and they take drugs. It happens every day.

“It affects everyone around here. It’s affected me in a big way. I don’t want to go out anywhere, I’m frightened to go out.

“I’ve got my own health issues and I’ve been worried for my friends. This is the last thing that we need. All the people that live around here are elderly or have health issues like me. We are being targeted by these gangs.”

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The pensioner says she has even been threatened by gang members which left her "shaken up."

She added: “One of them started walking towards me and said ‘I’m going to thump you one’ and one of the others turned around and told him ‘leave it’. They should be ashamed of themselves.

“I would like a camera back up there. There used to be one but the council took it off. I would like it to be fenced off at the back of our bungalows so they can’t get around there."

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "Officers were stopped as they passed Easthead Walk, Hanley, at around 7.15pm on August 26.

"They were told a man had suffered an injury and lost blood. The man was taken to hospital for treatment.

"It is not known if the man, aged in his early 60s, had fallen or been assaulted. Officers checked CCTV and did house to house inquiries, but there was no report or footage of an assault."

Anyone with information is urged to contact us on 101 or via social media referring to incident 689 of August 26.

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