‘Objects thrown from Stevenage tower block could kill someone’

Harrow Court, Silam Road

Harrow Court, Silam Road - Credit: Archant

It’s only a matter of time before trash thrown from windows in Stevenage’s tower blocks kills someone, high rise residents have said.

Harrow Court, Silam Road

Harrow Court, Silam Road - Credit: Archant

People have spoken of their disgust at the amount of objects including bottles, glasses and even stereo systems being thrown out of the windows of Harrow Court on Silam Road, causing a danger to people walking below.

Bethany Maher, 18, was visiting the Stevenage Borough Council-owned tower when she heard glass being thrown from above the 10th floor to the ground below.

The block is situated near the popular Stevenage Town Centre Gardens, and right next to a children’s play area and outdoor gym.

Bethany said: “It is sickening as this could kill someone innocent.

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“There are many people here who really care about the area, then there are others who have no respect whatsoever and it gives the place a dire outlook.”

One resident said items thrown out of the windows include used nappies, tampons, and even stereos, adding: “The things I’ve heard and seen being thrown out of the windows of Harrow Court recently is beyond sickening.

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“Not only did I hear of a very young baby being spat on from above - absolutely disgusting and it can be dangerous - but also glass being thrown out, smashing below onto the paths and gardens around it.

“People walk along the paths here almost constantly. From the heights things are falling from, it could kill someone.

“Sooner or later something horrific will happen to someone innocent, unless this stops now.”

A man whose mum lives in the tower block, and who did not want to be named, said rubbish has been thrown out of Harrow Court windows for years and that the culprits are known, but that there is no hard evidence to take to Stevenage Borough Council.

He said: “We need cameras facing all sides of the building to catch them, fine them, and potentially evict them for anti-social behaviour.”

Councillor Jeannette Thomas, executive member for housing, said: “We have had reports from some residents of Harrow Court about anti-social behaviour in and around the block, and we’ve been in touch with some of the people involved to remind them of the impact of this kind of behaviour and their responsibilities as neighbours.

“The safety and comfort of all our residents is very important to us.

“We have not ruled out installing CCTV but continue to work with partners – including the police – and residents on new and regular initiatives aimed at addressing the concerns of people living in our tower blocks.”

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