Residents on Hucknall Street living in fear from ‘neighbours from hell’

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Late-night parties and early morning police raids in a quiet Hucknall street have caused fear, anger and distress to a close-knit community, residents say.

What was once a four-bedroom detached family home has been bought by a Nottingham-based housing association and turned into supported accommodation for young men.

Residents on Thoresby Dale say they have been plagued with problems since the new neighbours arrived at Fulford House several months ago.

Loud music played late into the night, strange cars pulling up at all hours and countless police activity at the address has made home-owners ask ‘Who are these neighbours from hell’?

“We just don’t feel safe here anymore,” said Angela Curran, whose husband has lived on the street all his life. “The children used to play in the street on their scooters with friends but we have to keep them inside now as you just don’t know who is about anymore.

“It has always been a lovely street and a family-orientated community where everyone knows each other and helps out but we have no idea who these men are.”

“All we know is that it seems the police are always around there and strangers keep coming and going, swearing and shouting and playing music at all hours.

“We don’t want them here.”

Another concerned resident, who is a neighbourhood watch co-ordinator, has called on councillors to find out what is going on at Fulford House and made enquiries with police.

“No-one will tell us who they are and what is going on,” said Bill Ward. “But all the street are worried and no-one feels safe anymore. The landlord doesn’t care what’s going on because they don’t live here.

“They are the neighbours from hell.”

Elaine and Ted Mullane have lived on Thoresby Dale for 27 years and have witnessed the police comings and goings.

“I was taking my grandson to school one morning and police cars arrived and battered down the door and carted people away,” said Ted. “Those people living directly next door must be really distressed.”

Police have moved to reassure residents of Thoresby Dale this week that they have been in talks with the landlord to find a solution to the situation.

Wahla is the housing association, which owns and controls Fulford House. It has an arm of its business called Housing Plus, which, according to its website, ‘provides not just housing but support to people leaving prison, ex-offenders, and those who are homeless’.

When contacted by the Dispatch, a company spokesman confirmed the recent meeting with the police and said the problems experienced should soon be a thing of the past.

Thomas Powell said: “The house has now been de-commissioned and the two people currently staying at the house will be moving by the end of the week.”