Mum in block of flats with disgusting men sleeps next to door for tots safety

A mum sleeps next to her front door every night to prevent intruders from entering.

The young mum from Bristol says that a fault on the door to her flat means it is not secure inside, which puts the safety of her toddler at risk.

The converted office block in Bristol has previously been subject to investigations regarding its safety and other concerns, however a review found that it is safe for families and children, reports Bristol Live.

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Now a 21-year-old mother living there, who asked to remain anonymous, raised concerns about the security and maintenance of the building. She told Bristol Live: "The ideal plan is to run for the hills and get out of this building altogether.

"I don’t understand how anyone can live here." She says she has resorted to moving her mattress into the hallway to sleep, so she can block the door.

She said her door frame had come loose, and it's possible for her child to pull it open and get out of their apartment. She said she has tried to glue the frame herself and has had a chain put on the door, but she added: “I need a new lock so I can use a key from the inside.

"In the early hours of the morning my child has made a beeline for the front door and has managed to pull it back to get out. I’m now sleeping on a mattress next to the front door so I can stop this from happening."

She said she has raised the issue with management but claims she was "laughed at", adding: "When I say I need to speak to someone, I get forms to fill out, no-one, no-one at all wants to listen.”

She also said she was worried about the lack of security on a particular day of the week and had emailed the “top bosses” of management about her safety concerns in the building, which is owned by Caridon.

The mother also feels afraid as she says she has been harassed by men in the building, calling it “disturbing and disgusting”. She added that there are many young children living in the apartment block.

Imperial Apartments is the former Parkview office block in Hengrove, which was converted into flats and opened in 2020. Flats are rented out privately and by Bristol City Council.

Concerns from residents there reported by Bristol Live and other media outlets led to Bristol MP Karin Smyth asked the council to stop housing children there.

Released in June 2022, the review found that in line with legislation considering ‘suitability’, the block was “suitable for many families with children”.

A Bristol City Council spokesperson said that as it is a privately managed block, repairs and maintenance are the responsibility of the landlord, “the council maintains regular communications with the landlord about its responsibilities and seeks every opportunity to scrutinise their actions".

Caridon has previously said it offers a large community development where residents live together and interact. It recognised this was not for everyone but said that Imperial Apartment had a positive atmosphere.

The Daily Star has approached Caridon for comment.

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