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A seaside city has turn out to be inundated with thieves and drug sellers, residents say, as they complain of dozens of deserted houses.

Locals in Horden, County Durham, say they’re affected by drug offers on their doorsteps whereas their streets are left creepily empty. House costs hit as little as £5k final 12 months in some areas in a determined try and fill the empty houses.

The council has even reportedly coated empty homes with faux plastic doorways and home windows to try to persuade criminals they’re already occupied. The Daily Mail reported one avenue had twenty houses plastered with faux home windows.

One native advised the outlet: “It’s become really, really bad with crime.”

Brian Bellingham, 50, mentioned: “’I’ve been here all my life and it’s getting worse to live here. Every one of these numbered streets will have around 20 empty houses.

“I think the fake doors look alright considering the houses are empty. It’s better than walking past buildings that have boards up and shattered windows.”

He added the shortage of labor has led to extreme points with crime.

“I remember when all these houses were full and everyone would know each other,” he mentioned. “Now it’s nowhere near the same.”

The city’s inhabitants was 15,000 within the Fifties – however has since greater than halved to six,807 in 2021.

Estate agent Anya Carter mentioned the faux plastic doorways have been there “because Horden is a very deprived area and a lot of people who live there aren’t working.

“It used to be a great area when the mines were around but it has declined a lot.”

Durham County Council agreed to take a position £6m into the regeneration of Horden as a part of an plan to offer a greater normal of housing and high quality of life for native individuals, the Hartlepool Mail reported final month.

Properties in Third Street will probably be acquired by the council and redeveloped to offer high-quality housing, demolished and new properties constructed of their place or a mixture of the 2.

The plan additionally consists of improved strolling and biking routes to Peterlee city centre, Horden practice station and the Durham Heritage Coast.

Responses to a session confirmed there was “strong support for the demolition and clearance of the numbered streets” the council mentioned.

Councillor James Rowlandson, cupboard member for assets, funding and property, acknowledged the authority does “not have the funding to redevelop all” the streets it needs to.

But he mentioned the preliminary work might “act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the wider area”.

“The revitalisation of Third Street could help us attract developers to work with us on the remainder of the numbered streets, and support delivery of our ambitious regeneration plans,” he defined.