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Blunkett says estates should be bulldozed

Former home secretary David Blunkett has called for some problem housing estates to be bulldozed.

In an ITV interview with Conservation MP Ann Widdecombe last week, Blunkett admitted that anti-social measures in some areas have not worked.

Blunkett says: “Some estates are beyond repair and we need to simply say we can’t carry on with people having to live in those conditions any longer.”

He adds that although regeneration and community spirit among residents can help turn bad estates good, when it comes to the worst examples “we should bulldoze them”.

Blunkett’s outburst came 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.

The council sold the homes at two for £1 due to high crime rates, but since then the crime rate has been slashed by a third and prices have risen.


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