‘Filthy’ street in Rugby is crime target

The Safer Neighbourhood Team is patrolling Market Street
The Safer Neighbourhood Team is patrolling Market Street

A resident has described her anger and despair at the level of car crime, litter and mess on her street in Rugby.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said Market Street was ‘filthy’ and ‘thugs regularly targeted cars on the road’.

Her and her partner’s cars have been keyed, kicked, dented and smeared with junk food.

Around two weeks ago a petrol-soaked rug was set on fire and pushed under the petrol tank of a neighbour’s car, setting the vehicle alight. Two fire engines dealt with the incident.

The resident of two years said: “We love this house but we are considering moving because it’s so bad around here.

“Something needs to be done about the crime and litter,the street is filthy.”

Her car was written off last year when a drunk-driver rammed into it and a group of young men recently hit four cars on the street in what she believed to be an alcohol-fuelled incident.

The 38-year-old said the state of the street is disgusting and she often has to avoid the pavements.

She added: “Men are constantly spitting in the street, there are pools of it everywhere. I walk my dogs down the road so they don’t tread the spit in to the house.

“There is always vomit on the street, people chucking rubbish over our wall, litter on the road and beer cans all over the place.”

The resident said she had reported the incidents to the police but felt no action had been taken.

A spokesperson for Warwickshire Police said: “The local Safer Neighbourhood Team is aware of matters within Market Street and is currently reviewing the area.

“It has a PCSO who regularly patrols the street.

“All incidents of criminal activity or anti-social behaviour should be reported to the local SNT or police at the earliest opportunity.”