Inside the flat from hell...revolting pictures show how druggies and drinkers took over a property and destroyed it (From Southend Standard)
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Inside the flat from hell...revolting pictures show how druggies and drinkers took over a property and destroyed it
THESE revolting pictures show the shocking state a council tenant left his home in after allowing it to be over-run by drug dealers and drunks.
Basildon Council allowed the Echo into the one-bedroom flat, in Merrylands, Laindon, to show the trail of destruction tenant Daniel Sargeant left in his wake.
Despite “moving in” to the flat in August 2011, neighbours say Sargeant, who is now believed to be living in Cambridgeshire, never actually lived there.
Instead they claim he sublet the property and handed out the keys to gangs of people who used it for drug taking, dealing and parties.
Yesterday, as the council took formal possession of the flat, it was clear to see the home had been used as a den for antisocial behaviour.
The floor could barely be seen beneath discarded rubbish, dog mess, broken glass and drug paraphernalia.
Each room was absolutely trashed with graffiti on the ceilings and rubbish strewn everywhere and what looked like a container of urine left on the side in the kitchen. One neighbour, a 43- year-old man, said living next to the flat was a “living hell” with:
*Constant visits and raids by police
*Partying at all hours of the night and day
*Drug taking and dealing at the around the clock
*Fights and screaming, both inside and outside the flat.
The man, who did not want to be named, said: “There was definitely drug selling going on inside there. The police were constantly here. At one point CID were turning up here four times a day looking for someone.
“There was a woman in there at one point selling crystal meth and there were even women with babies in there.
“Every time I came home from work the whole place absolutely stank of cannabis. I had to open my windows. It was a living nightmare.
“Literally about eight or nine people would come and go from the flat every night. It was like living next door to a London Underground station.”
The neighbour said he was pleased Basildon Council had secured the possession order at the county court to reclaim the property.
Mr Sargeant was not present at the property for the Echo to get a comment.
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