‘Children in danger’ as items from unsecured Blackburn home are found near property (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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‘Children in danger’ as items from unsecured Blackburn home are found near property
RESIDENTS of a Blackburn street have hit out at the authorities for failing to take action after kitchen knives were left in the street in Waterloo Close.
The knives, along with children’s toys and other household objects, came from a property that had been vacated and left unsecured by the previous tenant.
Residents raised the alarm after young children were found playing with the knives in the street.
Neighbours said they called the police and Twin Valley housing association to report the issue, but although the house was secured by Twin Valley, nobody would take responsibility for removing the knives.
Julie, from Darwen, who was visiting a friend in the area, called the police and Twin Valley on Saturday evening.
She said: “They moved out Friday night and left all the doors and windows open.
“There were kids toys and knives everywhere outside.
“I saw a child of about five or six running round outside with a kitchen knife from the house.
“The place was a mess and it was dangerous.
“Me and three residents complained to Twin Valley, who said they wouldn’t come out.
“I called the police and they told me to call the council, or pick up the knives myself.
“It’s disgusting. What do we pay our council tax for if the police won’t come and help us?”
A police spokesman said: “We did have a call about this on Saturday and the housing association was called and advised to attend to deal as police deployment was not required.”
Ian Bell, head of Twin Valley Homes, said: “We had a call about a tenanted property on Waterloo Close being unsecured and we responded immediately to make it safe.
“Our joiner didn’t see any children or knives as reported but we wouldn’t encourage any of our staff to get themselves in a situation where they could be hurt.
“That would be an issue for the parents of the children or the police to deal with.”’
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