A concerned father said he was ‘constantly on edge’ due to drug addiction and anti-social behavior at his north Belfast flats.
The father says that over the past few years he has seen people injecting drugs in the bin area of the Antrim Road apartment block while finding used needles in the corridors.
He said there are a small number of residents making life hell for others with a “constant flow of people” coming and going from the apartments. He also expressed concern that he saw people with knives in the hallways.
The father says he had the front door of his apartment kicked in several times ‘by mistake’, and it took months for his door to be fixed, leaving him worried for the safety of his home. apartment.
He said: “For years these apartments have been a nightmare to live in. It was supposed to be a nice place to live and bring my children, but it’s not safe for them to walk out the front door. .
“There are a few apartments that are causing all the trouble, bringing a constant stream of people and partying. The ongoing drug abuse is disgusting and you regularly see people taking heroin where the bins are. and I often find used needles lying around the hallway.
“There were people in the hallways with knives and we even had to deal with the fire alarms that went off in the middle of the night.
“I had my front door kicked in and found people in my apartment, who said they were in the wrong apartment when they saw me and ran away, but even then, it took months to get my door properly fixed and secure.
“There are police going in and out of the place all the time and just a few weeks ago armed officers raided an apartment here. It got to the point where people stopped complaining because nothing is ever addressed and if the people causing the problem were fixed then the rest of us could live in peace.”
A spokesperson for Radius Housing said: “At Radius we aim to ensure the safety of all our tenants and are committed to tackling all forms of anti-social behaviour. In the event of anti-social incidents, we encourage tenants to contact PSNI and Radius Housing, so that appropriate action can be taken in accordance with our policies and procedures. Our security contractor is making visits to these properties and we will monitor any reports of anti-social behavior.
“Radius staff, who were on site this week, will continue to liaise with tenants, and a number of repairs are planned.”