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Blunkett calls on problem estates to be “bulldozed”

Former home secretary David Blunkett has called on some problem housing estates to be “bulldozed”.

In an ITV interview with Conservation MP Ann Widdecombe, Blunkett admitted that anti-social measures in some areas of the UK had not worked.

As well as recommending early intervention to stop young children becoming criminals, the former member of the Cabinet suggested: “Some of the estates are beyond repair and to be honest we need to simply say that we can’t carry on with people having to live in those conditions any longer.”

He added that although regeneration and community spirit among residents could help turn bad estates good, in the worst example we should bulldoze them.”

Blunketts proposal comes a week after it was revealed that a Newcastle man had sold his house for 145,000 after the council sold him the property for 50p in 1999.

In an extreme Right to Buy case the council sold the home, situated in North Benwell, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, for a paltry sum due to high crime rates.

But in the eight years since, the crime rate has been slashed by a third and prices have risen to national averages.


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