PEOPLE who live in apartment blocks say their life is hell thanks to nightmare neighbors.
Residents of one of Kent’s tallest skyscrapers, The Panorama in Ashford, report teenagers setting fires, kicking in their doors and scribbling graffiti all over the place.
As terrified locals begin to wonder if they are safe, a weary father said the “anti-social behavior has just become unbearable” and that something must be done.
Trey Walker, 25, shared how gangs invaded the nine-story high-rise and wreaked havoc on all residents.
He spoke of the grim reality Kent Online: “The anti-social behavior has just become unbearable, but it’s also a criminal offense and trespassing – they’re destroying the place.”
“It’s time to take a stand. We can’t go on like this any longer.”
Families are also grappling with teens dropping large objects from rooftops – a sandbag even crashing into a car and ‘writing it off’.
Trey, who lives with his fiancee Britney Burgess, 23, and their son Romeo, 2, said mail was also stolen from communal boxes and emergency exit doors were ripped off their hinges and defaced.
The couple have been in the block for two years and pay £950 a month.
But now they are expecting their second child in January and Trey and Britney are trying desperately to find another place to live.
Britney said: “I don’t want to live here anymore. I don’t feel safe.”
“If the building blows up in a fire, what then?”
At one point, the panicked mother was forced to call Trey while he was at work because the hooligans were trying to kick down the doors.
Security at the property is understood to have been drastically reduced earlier this year – and that’s when the problems began.
A spokesman for Centrick building management said that despite the smaller security team, they are looking at ways to improve the situation.
They said: “A building safety survey was carried out in collaboration with the owners and based on the findings of the survey, The Panorama was reconciled with other similar sites.”
“This new level of security includes a full-time building manager and daily patrols.
“However, this level of security is under constant review and involves regular consultation with residents.
“Following a recent consultation with residents, plans to roll out enhanced CCTV and access control measures have also been approved, with installation timelines imminent.
“The suspected incidents were quickly dealt with by the building management and the police were comprehensively informed.
“We are disappointed that the isolated actions of some vandals have impacted our residents and continue to work with all parties to ensure the safety of The Panorama.”
Police were briefed on the behavior and said they were working to identify who was responsible.
A police spokesman said: “The Ashford Neighborhood Beat Team has been made aware of concerns about anti-social behavior at the Park Street property and will be working with partner authorities and residents to identify those responsible and take appropriate action.”
“Anyone with concerns is urged to report crime through the Kent Police Force website or to call 999 if an offense is ongoing so that local officers have the best information at their disposal when responding .”