Blackburn women ‘not safe in sheltered housing’

Helen Houghton and Jean Campbell-Jones, of  Hornby Court

Helen Houghton and Jean Campbell-Jones, of Hornby Court

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

RESIDENTS at a Blackburn sheltered housing complex fear for their safety after items were stolen from communal areas.

Helen Houghton and Jean Campbell-Jones, both 90, live in separate apartments in Hornby Court, Lancaster St- reet, which is run by Places for People.

They said their concerns were raised after belongings were taken from the lounge and corridors.

The pair believe the problem stems from people without permission getting into the complex and then helping themselves to whatever they can find.

They said they had made the warden aware of their concerns but did not feel they were being taken seriously enough.

Helen said: “You don’t feel safe. I see people coming and going through the gate at 2am.

“I came in here to be safe but they’re trying your door handle at 1.35am. One man caught someone trying to break into his flat through the window.”

Jean added: “The problem is, if you go to the warden with anything, you don’t get a reply. I thought I was safe in this flat, but evidently not.”

Claire Gouldsbrough, 29, family friend and visitor to Helen, said: “They are meant to be looked after and made to be safe, and it’s just not happening. They’re meant to be away from all this. We’re absolutely worried sick.”

However Places for People said the firm was installing CCTV and working with police to allay any security concerns.

A spokesman said: “We take all reports of this nature very seriously and it is important to us that residents feel safe and secure in their homes. We have a secure door entry system, and following feedback from residents we are installing CCTV.

“We will continue to meet regularly with residents and are also working together with the local PCSO to address any concerns and provide support to residents.”

A police spokesman said: “We are aware of the issues, have a heightened presence in the area and the local policing team are working closely with Places for People to address the concerns.”

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9:41am Mon 31 Mar 14

crusade to find the truth from the brown stuff says...

They need to install CCTV but make sure it's decent quality CCTV that is good at night when these thieves are targeting them so police can have a chance of catching them. It's a shame where the houses are based as surrounded by Blackburn drunks and druggies so need their hands chopping off when they are caught!
They need to install CCTV but make sure it's decent quality CCTV that is good at night when these thieves are targeting them so police can have a chance of catching them. It's a shame where the houses are based as surrounded by Blackburn drunks and druggies so need their hands chopping off when they are caught! crusade to find the truth from the brown stuff
  • Score: 10

9:55am Mon 31 Mar 14

adamdesk says...

Both males and females are not safe as both can be victim of theft and abuse
Both males and females are not safe as both can be victim of theft and abuse adamdesk
  • Score: 11

12:34pm Mon 31 Mar 14

vicn1956 says...

Disgraceful.
Who pays for it? Funds should be stopped until it is SHELTERED!
Disgraceful. Who pays for it? Funds should be stopped until it is SHELTERED! vicn1956
  • Score: 3

9:21pm Mon 31 Mar 14

qwerty11 says...

An absolute disgrace, that unfortunately is a prime example of what happens when you handover public services to the private sector. A cursory glance of 2013 Financial Statements goes some way to illustrate that this organisation Places for People, is not interested in the welfare of the individuals whom they should be caring for, but generating profit and lining the pockets of its Directors. With a Chief Executive earning in excess of £428 000 per annum and 5 other directors earning in excess of £230 000 each, it is all to obvious of their objectives in this organisation.

These directors are no different to the low life that have taken belongings and tried to enter their accommodation in the early hours and make a career from preying on people. Except they prey on their customers from their Ivory Tower sat behind their mahogany desk. Filling there pockets at the expense others. Would they put their loved ones, relatives, parents in these homes, I doubt it. Nothing but spineless, hypocritical bigots.
An absolute disgrace, that unfortunately is a prime example of what happens when you handover public services to the private sector. A cursory glance of 2013 Financial Statements goes some way to illustrate that this organisation Places for People, is not interested in the welfare of the individuals whom they should be caring for, but generating profit and lining the pockets of its Directors. With a Chief Executive earning in excess of £428 000 per annum and 5 other directors earning in excess of £230 000 each, it is all to obvious of their objectives in this organisation. These directors are no different to the low life that have taken belongings and tried to enter their accommodation in the early hours and make a career from preying on people. Except they prey on their customers from their Ivory Tower sat behind their mahogany desk. Filling there pockets at the expense others. Would they put their loved ones, relatives, parents in these homes, I doubt it. Nothing but spineless, hypocritical bigots. qwerty11
  • Score: 2

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