Complaints over state of paedophile's home
PUBLISHED: 12:30 10 June 2011
THE house where a convicted paedophile lived has become a health hazard and an eyesore, according to neighbours.
Andrew Fox, formerly of Manor Gardens in Kewstoke, was arrested in April 2010 and his house has remained empty since the day he was taken by police for breaking a sexual offences order.
Neighbours say the property has been vandalised, become overgrown and been turned into a dumping ground with rotten food about and rats scavenging around the area.
Harry Angier, also of Manor Gardens, says the garage looks as though it has been broken into, while one of the five vehicles left parked on the lawn has been stolen.
He said: “It is making it difficult for people to sell their houses.
“The buyers look across the road and what they see is four very damaged vehicles parked on the lawn. These all have very flat tyres, wing mirrors hanging off, dents in the bodywork and red paint splashed over the windscreens.
“The grass around the vehicles is growing quite high and someone has dumped five large tyres on the grass.
“The wall in front of the garden has been half knocked down.
“Under the front window lies a trailer with rubbish in it.
“The curtains in the front window have been tied up and inside there is rotting fruit and the floor is a sea of dead flies.”
Mr Angier says the back of the house is in the same condition, with overgrown piles of rubbish and it being used as a latrine for all the cats in the neighbourhood.
He added: “Sitting in the garden is no fun on a warm day as the stench of cat poo wafts over the fence.”
North Somerset Council says it did clear up the house last summer, but it needs neighbours to notify workers if there is an environmental issue.
A spokesman said: “We cleared anything last September that may encourage rodents.
“It’s not a priority for us if a house is looking untidy, as we concentrate on health and safety or environmental health.
“We have had a complaint about the number of cars at the priority, but need to be made aware if there is a health and safety concern.”