A home in Cheshire is terrorising local children after becoming overgrown to the point of intimidation.
Youngsters in the town of Widnes, near Warrington, are said to be living in fear of a “monster” house that is coated in overgrown vines and bushes on Alfred Street.
While adults in the neighbouring properties are left fearing they could get stiffed with thousands of pounds worth of damage to their own homes due to the damage roots and overgrowth can cause to bricks and mortar.
The property in question has been lying abandoned for four years with the wild plantlike that has grown over – and continues to expand – over the property becoming something of an attraction, and an eyesore.
Despairing residents have turned to Halton Council’s environmental health department, but so far their appeal for help has fallen on deaf ears.
The Liverpool Echo reports that locals are fearing they could themselves be consumed by the giant plants – as wild imaginations stoked by science fiction novels take hold.
A neighbour named Paul Miller told the publication: “It’s like something from Day of the Triffids.
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“You expect it to drag you into the garden and eat you or something.”
However the 52-year-old also shared details of real life threats posed by the property as it has also become a magnet for rubbish and bags of dog droppings which have been discarded on the property grounds – raising the real risk of the land becoming a public health problem.
He said: “You see people walking past and stopping to take pictures, people have said ‘you should run jungle tours’.”
While his 53-year-old wife, Beverley, said: “I just think it’s disgusting.
“The situation has become unbearable. Halton Council are refusing to get involved in spite of their having legislative powers to do so.”
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The Echo reports that £4,000 of damage has already been caused to the property due to water spilling out of gutters that have been blocked by foliage on the building.
While owner Jeff Duggan told the publication: “The two ivy plants will be cut down next week, I’m sorry for any inconvenience caused.”
Daily Star have contacted Halton council for comment.
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