‘Knocked down Barking fence is burglary risk’ - and no-one is willing to take responsibility

PUBLISHED: 16:11 08 May 2014

Concerned resident Anthony O'Neill (right) with his elderly neighbour John Raynor

Concerned resident Anthony O'Neill (right) with his elderly neighbour John Raynor


Homes are being put at risk of burglary because no-one is willing to take responsibility for resurrecting a blown-down fence, according to a resident of Marston Avenue, Dagenham.

Anthony O'Neill (right) with his elderly neighbour John Raynor and the knocked down fence Anthony O'Neill (right) with his elderly neighbour John Raynor and the knocked down fence

Anthony O’Neill says youngsters have been climbing into gardens to take drugs and drink alcohol since the tall fence lining an alleyway between homes was felled during strong winds more than two months ago.

“People are feeling unsafe in their own homes and no one is taking action,” he said.

Barking and Dagenham Council, the police and Bellway Homes have all denied responsibility and Anthony is not sure where to turn next.

He is particularly concerned about his elderly friend John Rayner, who has been burgled in the past.

“He feels at risk and it is quite upsetting for him,” Anthony said. “He has spent £5,000 to try and protect his house and this knocked down fence completely undermines that.”

Anthony added that even he could scale the four-foot brick wall that used to lie behind the much taller fence so it proves no barrier to the youngsters who congregate there.

“I can hop over it so there is no security there at all,” he said. “The problem is getting somebody to do something about it as we are just getting the runaround.”

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