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Man lives in fear of violent neighbours

PUBLISHED: 15:16 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 11:42 12 August 2010

A VULNERABLE resident claims he is too scared for his son to visit his flat after being tormented by violent neighbours who hold all-night parties,

A VULNERABLE resident claims he is too scared for his son to visit his flat after being tormented by violent neighbours who hold all-night parties, drop used condoms on balconies and kick doors down.

John Gladwin, of Andrew Wells House, Plaistow Lane, Sundridge Park moved into his flat in November 2006 but within a week asked Riverside Group (RG), who own the property, to be re-housed.

He has been battling ever since with RG but two-and-a-half years later remains "terrified and vulnerable" in the property. He said: "I don't feel safe at all. I was punched in the face at 3am five weeks ago because I asked the upstairs neighbour to turn the music down. I was gobsmacked.

"I've got a 16-year-old son but I'm terrified to bring him here because I'm scared he'll get attacked. I'm scared for his life. I feel vulnerable here.

"I hardly get any sleep. I had a nervous breakdown and was off work for a long time. I've started going to college three days a week but I'm so tired. They dumped me here and said it was okay but I want to move. I've had it here."

Police confirmed that they are called to the road on average twice a day for crimes including harassment, theft, actual bodily harm and all-day arguments.

Mr Gladwin also claims neighbours fight, break gas cupboards, take fire extinguishers off walls, climb up drainpipes and smash the communal front door.

He added: "I don't know how much more I can take. Our housing manager doesn't listen to us at all. A few of us signed a letter asking for meeting but nothing has happened. I just want to live somewhere where my son can visit me."

A spokesman from RG said: "We take anti-social behaviour in our neighbourhoods very seriously and have assured Mr Gladwin that we are doing everything in our power to put a stop to the nuisance behaviour that he is experiencing.

"Possession proceedings have been lodged at the Count Court against the offending neighbour and we are currently awaiting a court hearing date.

"We have written to Mr Gladwin regarding his request for a property transfer.

"At this time we cannot accommodate this.

"Our waiting list for transfer is closed, as we have no available vacant properties. We have advised Mr Gladwin to apply to the Local Authority for alternative accommodation.

"Mr Gladwin's accommodation is not specifically for people who require support in the community, it is for general needs tenants.

"Riverside South East does not manage supported housing. However we can and do refer vulnerable tenants to the appropriate agencies if we are made aware of their special needs."

A spokesman from Bromley police said: "The Plaistow and Sundridge Safer (SNT) Neighbourhood Team is aware of the ongoing issues at this particular location and have been working with the community to address the residents' concerns.

"We continue to work to ensure that victims of crime get appropriate support and would like to encourage anyone who has concerns about the safety of their area to please contact the SNT."

The Plaistow and Sundridge SNT can be contacted on 020 8721 2613 or 07920 233849.

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