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Criminals are setting up shop in people’s homes after being sent to towns around the country by crime bosses in London.
The tactic is known as “cuckooing”, after the bird that invades nests, and victims are often left with little choice but to cooperate.
For four months, a tenant of landlord Martin Holland was preyed upon in his flat in Ipswich.
The man has mental health problems and his vulnerability made him an easy target.
“He was having to go back to a flat that was basically full of people dealing drugs,” said Mr Holland.
“On a couple of occasions the police actually did do raids on the flat and a dozen or so people were in the flat, none of whom were really proper friends of his.
“They were basically dealing drugs from here… and how could that be any worse for someone?”
Mr Holland repeatedly contacted the authorities and eventually the man was re-housed.
But it is likely the dealers have simply found a new victim’s home to control.
Great to see this landlord helping a vulnerable person but shocking to become aware of this practice. I hope that the Police, social services and local authorities will now be watching for this. So pleased that this man a least has found a peaceful new home
Mary Latham Landlord
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I have reason to believe this has been going on a long time.
It was the subject of a documentary a couple of years ago.
They involve young pregnant homeless girls in this type of thing as well.
Help the young woman get a rental then move in with her .
Another reason to have a baseball bat up yer jumper
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