The Meadowell Estate to the east of Newcastle in Northumbria used to have a soaring crime rate. Empty properties and stolen cars made the area unattractive and criminals moved in. Riots broke out in 1991 and devastated the estate.
Can be used to discuss why riots occur on housing estates. Suggest reasons for the soaring crime rates on the estate. Discuss the factors that made the landscape look unattractive. Suggest reasons why criminals may have moved into the estate and the likely impact of riots on the quality of life on the estate. Discuss the 'least effort principle' - crime takes place in the areas where criminals have easiest access.