Tower block residents living at their ‘wits end’

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VIOLENT attacks, thefts, drug dealing, suicide attempts and hallucinating residents, reports Scott Inglis.

These are just some of the incidents occurring on an increasingly regular basis at Methil’s Swan Court, claim residents.

The East Fife Mail was contacted by one worried man who says that he and others are now at their “wits end with worry” over the situation, which has escalated since New Year.

Fife Council, which owns several lets in the block, as well as providing a caretaker service plus residents’ lounge, said it was aware of a “number of incidents” at Swan Court.

This was echoed by Fife Police, who confirmed officers have dealt with “several” episodes and want to assist the public further.

The resident claimed: “A young guy was seriously hallucinating in the reception area recently.

“He came down brandishing two large kitchen knives in each hand, as if he was trying to defend himself against something.

“There have been other incidents of anti-social behaviour involving people having their doors kicked late at night and loud music.”

The council it has started taking formal action against one tenant, and made a plea to all who stay at Swan Court to report any incidents so it can take “appropriate action.”

The worried Swan Court resident added: “There are many old and vulnerable people living in this block.

“These include many who attend the Robert Gough Centre.

“This is definitely not the kind of environment these people should be living in.”

However, the authority has defended its allocation policy, saying that tenants do have to qualify from a strict criteria.

But it did add that it “cannot guarantee that every allocation will be successful”, and again asked for worried residents to work with staff by calling 08451 550000, or via Fife Direct.

Fife Constabulary’s community inspector Mike Collins added: “I would ask that the public work with us in combating any activity that has an impact on residents’ quality of life.”

If you have information on these issues then call the police on 0845 600 5702 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.