CCTV Footage Shows Living Nightmare Of Violence And Perversion On Birmingham Street
It sounds like something out of Mad Max, but it's actually a street in Britain - one where drug dealers, perverts and giant rats roam around outside, making the people who live there scared to leave their houses. You can see why in this video, which compiles CCTV footage taken over the past year:
Forty-four-year-old Jamil Akhtar, who lives on the street with his wife and three children and whose camera captured the shocking footage, has claimed that Colebrook Road in the Sparkhill area of Birmingham is a living nightmare.
He has, he said, found human faeces on the pavement, and people have been caught on CCTV masturbating in the street. A live animal was even slaughtered and then roasted in a garden.
He and his family have also endured regular death threats, smashed windows and arson and feel totally trapped as a result. And no wonder - the CCTV footage shows hoodlums throwing rocks at his neighbours' house and, on a different day, launching fireworks from a wheelie bin. According to Jamil, a hedge was also used to spring bits of metal into his car windscreen and house windows.
"We just feel so terrified," he told the Birmingham Mail. "If we leave the house, we don't know what's going to be happening outside our door - or will somebody be inside the house?"
The problems aren't confined to just street, either - Jamil said that the local park is treated as a 'cannabis café'.
There are only 24 houses on the street, but ten crimes were apparently reported on the road last year, including a violent or sexual offense, three burglaries, arson/criminal damage and three vehicle crimes.
According to the Birmingham Mail, police were called out to the road 180 times over the last nine years - stats acquired by the paper after it made a Freedom Of Information request to West Midlands Police.
So far, though, there seems to be no end in sight for Jamil and his family.
"We're just stuck here with all this stuff that goes on on the road," he told the newspaper. "Once we saw people from our window - they slaughtered a full live sheep on our street and were having a BBQ with it in the back garden.
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"People put nails up into my tires, I was spending hundreds every year fixing my car."
And that's just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what Jamil has seen and endured in his time living on the road.
"People were doing toilet at the back," he said. "They dump outside people's houses and wee outside there on the street too.
"I saw one with his keks down by the gap of my front patio window, and he was going to do one.
"I thought it was a dog at first doing it. I used to scoop it and throw it away, but when I clocked him I said, 'This is disgusting - what are you doing?!'"
It's been almost a decade that Jamil has been putting up with this, but the police and the council seem reluctant to help.
"We've had these issues for nine years now," he said. "We've been chasing it up with the council, with the police, they come and go but nobody seems to be doing anything about it.
"I've lost count of how many times I've called the police, it must be over 150 since I've lived here. But offenders just get a tap on the wrist, police go away and I'm back to square one."
Other families are too scared to report the goings-on to the police for fear of repercussions.
"My neighbours say they don't want to get involved or contact police for the fear of what may happen," said Jamil. "We just want all this to stop happening.
"If I have to walk down my own road to get to a doctor's appointment, I walk in the middle of the road because it's safer that way - I don't trust anybody."
A statement issued by the West Midlands Police after the story was published said: "West Midlands Police take all incidents of criminal and anti-social behaviour seriously and will always look into reports that we receive.
"If Mr Akhbar would kindly forward these videos to us, we will investigate them."
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