Mum's new home - needle 'horror'

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 July 2011 | UPDATED: 09:35 28 July 2011


'HORRIFIED' - that's the verdict of an upset Weston mum who was sent to view a prospective new home with a back garden littered with discarded syringes.

Melina Cullum was forced to stop her two-year-old child from stepping in the backyard of a property in Ashcombe Road because it was dotted with needles.

The mother-of-seven is currently under threat of becoming homeless because her temporary accommodation provided by the council has been sold.

A housing advice officer at North Somerset Council suggested she view the house - but Melina was left upset at the state of the property she was presented with.

Melina, aged 43, said: “I had brought along my three youngest children with me to view the house.

“The women showing us around opened the door to show me the back space.

“I looked down to check where I was stepping and there were a couple of syringes with no tips on them – I was horrified.

“My two-year-old wanted to look at it but I stopped her.”

After stepping out of the house Melina contacted the council and arranged a joint viewing so she could outline her concerns over the condition of the house.

Melina said: “It was unbelievable.

“The carpet was supposed to be pink but it looks like it had been covered in years of grime – the whole house was grimy.

“I was told by someone from housing standards who met with me the second time that the house next door is a drug den.”

Melina needs to find a place to live as bailiffs have been instructed to remove her from the family’s temporary home in Winscombe.

She said: “I don’t know what I am going to do.

“I have put the question to them on more than one occasion – what do I do when I am stood on the street with whatever I can carry?”

A council spokesman said: “Mrs Cullum reported back on the condition of the property and outlined her concerns of the condition of the house.

“Our officer immediately arranged a joint visit and confirmed that the property was unsuitable.

“She found it had door closers which would have been inappropriate for young children, and that there were indeed syringes in the garden.”

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