Family's fury as they seek new home
RAW meat was pushed through the letterbox of a family's flat, with broken glass embedded within.The incident was the latest in a long string of problems which couple Bridie Crowley and Jason Beales claim to endure, at the home they hate in Bader Close, Ipswich.
RAW meat was pushed through the letterbox of a family's flat, with broken glass embedded within.
The incident was the latest in a long string of problems which couple Bridie Crowley and Jason Beales claim to endure, at the home they hate in Bader Close, Ipswich.
Their flat is in the heart of Priory Heath, where police are urging residents to take a stand against crime, and report any information they have.
On the same day as their beloved dog Bruno bit the meat covered in a white powder and fell ill, Ms Crowley, 18, found three used needles left on her doorstep.
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Jason, 21, said: "That's disgusting. It's sick to leave them on someone's doorstep. We want out of here - that's all we want."
He cut his finger on the glass as he pulled the meat away from the barking dog.
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They also have a seven-month old baby Cory and another child due in five months' time, who they say will be living in danger.
They did not report their findings to police, but think the council should do more to get them re-homed.
Ms Crowley said they had been complaining since January 2001, but kept getting blamed for playing loud music even when nobody was home and their stereo had been stolen.
Margie from Queensway Community Action Team, who declined to give her surname, is supporting the couple's bid to be re-homed.
She said: "Bridie and Jason are being tarnished with what's going on at the other side of the estate, and what's happening is nothing to do with them.
"Jason is on medication for stress and Bridie is having to stay with her mum. This is splitting their family up and the council says if they get rid of their dog, they can be accommodated at a homeless family's unit. It shouldn't have to get to that stage."
She said a home swap to Greenwich fell through because a door in the Bader Close flat was damaged, even though the couple had agreed to it being fixed.
An Ipswich council spokesman said: "The borough takes harassment complaints very serious indeed. In this case we urge the tenant to contact the area housing office and the police with details.
"Where ever we can prove anti social behaviour we will take action, this is covered in all tenancy agreements."