Featherstone: Residents say they live in UK's 'grimmest' village surrounded by three prisons

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Take a video tour around what residents have dubbed the ‘grimmest’ village in the UK - it’s surrounded by prisons but they say inmates have it better than the locals.

Villagers say they’re used to seeing alcoholics and drug-users collapsing in the street - which is shown in the video as being full of potholes and rubbish. Featherstone is surrounded by three prisons - residents say inmates have it better than local homeowners. Footage shows a bordered up former pub, with smashed windows and surrounded by security fences. Rubbish is strewn on pavements, while houses are literally left to crumble.

Residents of the South Staffordshire village say it’s become a hotspot for drug dealers, and that bins are overflowing with dog-poo but the council don’t bother to empty them. One local said: “There’s drug abuse, people picking up and selling drugs. It’s atrocious.” They also described ‘constant break-ins’, adding that ‘police are not interested’. Shopworker, Thomas Rowe, 30, said: “It’s a bit of a joke among the locals that the inmates in the prisons nearby are luckier than us.

 

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