Nephew allowed flat to be trashed

Southend Standard: Nephew allowed flat to be trashed Nephew allowed flat to be trashed

AN UNCLE has apologised for the behaviour of his nephew who allowed his home to become a base for drug-taking and wild parties.

Daniel Sargeant, 20, was kicked out of his one-bedroom flat in Merrylands, Laindon, after it became a magnet for antisocial behaviour.

Basildon Council moved in to clear the trashed flat in November, after repossessing the property.

Sargeant’s uncle Jason Fuller, 42, who lives around the corner in Victoria Road, said his nephewhad foolishly sublet the property to friends in November last year when he moved away to Southend, then Cambridge.

He said: “I found it quite shameful that residents had their lives turned upside down because of my family. I don’t agree with anyone dealing or taking drugs or carrying on like that.

“If I found anyone doing it I would be on to the police immediately.

I have strong views against them.”

Police and Basildon Council were called to incidents including neighbours complaining they could smell cannabis when babies were crying inside, and of a sick dog which was thought to have been left in the flat for weeks.

In May police raided the flat where they arrested a man on suspicion of possessing a firearm.

Mr Fuller added: “I want to apologise. If I had gone there in November last year I might have been able to put a stop to it before it got out of hand. I would have phoned the police and the council and said ‘right, there’s undesirables living in that flat and it’s been sublet by my nephew’.

“Since Daniel has moved to Cambridge, he’s found a job in a pub and he’s living a responsible life, not one of mayhem he left in Essex.”

Phil Turner, deputy leader of Basildon Council responsible for housing, said: “He doesn’t have to apologise, it wasn’t his doing, but I feel it is a really nice gesture."

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10:05am Sun 8 Dec 13

profondo asbo says...

not forgiven
not forgiven profondo asbo

10:41am Sun 8 Dec 13

Idontknowy says...

Surely its the nephew who needs to apologise
Surely its the nephew who needs to apologise Idontknowy

10:43am Sun 8 Dec 13

fletch12107 says...

How does a 20 year old get a flat?
How does a 20 year old get a flat? fletch12107

11:20am Sun 8 Dec 13

_Lotus_ says...

fletch12107 wrote:
How does a 20 year old get a flat?
By going on the council list as he is an adult at 20 years old.
[quote][p][bold]fletch12107[/bold] wrote: How does a 20 year old get a flat?[/p][/quote]By going on the council list as he is an adult at 20 years old. _Lotus_

11:26am Sun 8 Dec 13

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

The so called uncle should have monitored the property if he cared that much, yes he cares now he has been named and shamed
The so called uncle should have monitored the property if he cared that much, yes he cares now he has been named and shamed CHRISTMAS CAROL

12:06pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Rachie says...

CHRISTMAS CAROL wrote:
The so called uncle should have monitored the property if he cared that much, yes he cares now he has been named and shamed
What a crock. The two men don't even share a surname.

Why should he have monitored the property? He's not the landlord, or the parent.

He's simply voicing his opinion and apologising for a member of his family behaving in this way.

I think it shows strength of character to do so,
[quote][p][bold]CHRISTMAS CAROL[/bold] wrote: The so called uncle should have monitored the property if he cared that much, yes he cares now he has been named and shamed[/p][/quote]What a crock. The two men don't even share a surname. Why should he have monitored the property? He's not the landlord, or the parent. He's simply voicing his opinion and apologising for a member of his family behaving in this way. I think it shows strength of character to do so, Rachie

12:27pm Sun 8 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

So November 2012(moved away and let to friends)....through to November 2013 (reposessed)....and his Uncle(lives around the corner) didn't once go round to his Nephews place in all that time and see what was happening...he didn't know about a Raid in May either.
what is the point of this story..?.
So November 2012(moved away and let to friends)....through to November 2013 (reposessed)....and his Uncle(lives around the corner) didn't once go round to his Nephews place in all that time and see what was happening...he didn't know about a Raid in May either. what is the point of this story..?. DogsMessInLeigh

5:57pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Trouble is, IT'S NOT THE UNCLES PROPERTY, it is a council property.
Kick 'em out, then see them , underneath the arches...
Trouble is, IT'S NOT THE UNCLES PROPERTY, it is a council property. Kick 'em out, then see them , underneath the arches... Nowthatsworthknowing

8:56pm Tue 10 Dec 13

ShipShape says...

Wow, it's not every day that you see someone shaking hands with the Invisible Man..
Wow, it's not every day that you see someone shaking hands with the Invisible Man.. ShipShape

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