A MUM has said she is scared to leave her tower block flat because the building has become overrun with homeless people and drug addicts.

The mother, who has asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, has lived in the Pennine tower block, in Queensway, Southend, for the last decade but says it is getting worse by the day.

She said: “The homeless and drug addicts are becoming more and more of a problem.

“I have been grabbed, threatened, spat at – all just because I was walking down my stairwell.

“I only had to do that because some homeless lady had defecated in the lift.

“I have lived here ten years and it’s just got worse and worse.

“Me and my children are scared to leave the house at the moment and the council just accept the fact it goes on.

“It’s not right and we should not have to live like this.”

South Essex Homes, who manage the flat, said they are aware of the problems and have since increased security.

A spokesman for the company added: “Along with our estate services team, security patrols clear unauthorised persons from common areas and also engage with other agencies to obtain the necessary support for the homeless where possible.

“We have a robust antisocial behaviour policy and our tenancy officers work with residents to ensure that information obtained regarding inappropriate use of these properties is used to progress action through the courts.

“Resident safety sits at the heart of our services and we remain vigilant.

“South Essex Homes welcome and encourage residents’ comments and would urge anyone with concerns to contact us directly.”