is a horrible place to live.
Rubbish is left littering the streets for weeks on end.
Joy riders and boy racers zoom up and down the streets at life-threatening
speeds playing music that would measure on the Richter scale.
Gangs of youths roam the area setting fire to cars, roofs and bins
without a care.
Drug dealers hang around the streets peddling their wares in full
view of children playing in the very same streets.
The rat and mice population grows unchecked.
Brunt of the blame
Many of Harehills' problems are endemic to the ‘community’, or rather
lack of it, but the police and council must shoulder the brunt of
If the bins where emptied on time (not missing two or even three
collections with no reason given) the rats and mice would not have
the food necessary for their ‘baby boom’.
If households in Harehills were equipped with large wheelie-bins
then rubbish bags would not be left spilling into the streets and
rubbish could be taken to the garbage trucks when they can’t fit
down the back streets.
Children as young as three or four play in these streets, where
it is not uncommon to rats and mice during the daylight hours, but
seem oblivious to the diseases these vermin carry.
Often you will see a group of young children chasing vermin into
an overgrown backyard. This is a sight you would expect to see in
a third-world country not the modern, vibrant city that Leeds portrays
itself to be.
fire brigade must know the route to the old Harehills Middle School
blindfold by now with the number of burnt-out cars, bins and buildings
they’ve had to put out in the last year.
Surely more street cameras would reduce these crimes and allow police
to actually catch the offenders?
Such cameras would also hopefully do the community a great favour
by deterring the drug dealers and hopefully persuading them to move
away from the area.
Road humps would stop, or slow, the boy racers and joy riders that
endanger our children on a daily basis. A simple, one-off, low-cost
solution that would undoubtedly save young children’s lives.
The police seem unwilling, or even scared, to stop in Harehills,
which does little to deter the rogue members of the so-called community.
I can’t help wishing the police would enforce a mandatory curfew
on anyone under the age of 14 in Harehills, because the parents
of these criminally abusive kids seem blissfully unaware of what
their children are doing.
Harehills is probably beyond help; I’ve lived here several years
and have seen it change from a rough area into a third-world hell.
I for one will not live here a moment longer than I have to, but
the increase in house prices elsewhere in the city probably means
I’ll be trapped here for the foreseeable future.
I can’t help but think the fault lies squarely with the council
– throwing together criminally dysfunctional families into an already
downtrodden area, leaving properties in ruin and squalor, what did
they expect to happen?
If only we could see a small police presence, it may help this area
turn round the rack and ruin that seem endemic, but the police seem
happy to turn a blind eye.
See the Harehills guide here
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