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'Human waste on my doorstep for a year' - man calls in anti-social behaviour task force

By citizenmike  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

Terry and Tina Knapman face an onslought of toilet waste

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AFTER nearly a year of putting up with toilet waste outside his property, resident Terry Knapman is now looking for a new home.

Terry currently lives in a flat in Park Road but claims someone is emptying a commode on to the doorstep of his property.

He is so fed up with the constant mess and odour, which he can smell from his bedroom, that he insists he has to move house.

Terry said: “There is urine smell near my windows and the smell is spreading through my flat. I moved from Cheltenham here in February last year but we did not expect this to happen.”

Terry, 60, said he and his wife Tina are now working with the council to find another property. He added: “I cannot keep living like this. It is not healthy. My wife Tina and I were told not to clean it but I am at home all day so the smell is very off putting.

“The issue is on and off. We have reported this to the council. We are going to talk with them about being moved. When we first moved in it was nice but it suddenly started. It happens often now. It is a small flat so the smell travels through the rooms.”

The supported-living establishment is run by Gloucester-based firm Aspirations.

The specialist care provider for adults, children and young people with mental health issues and learning disabilities said that they speak to Mr Knapman every day.

Gloucester City Homes anti-social behaviour manager Sara Hendry said they would be working with all parties to solve the problem. She said: “We have agreed to represent Mr Knapman at an emergency multi-agency meeting being held later this week.

“The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss the recent allegations and history of any anti-social behaviour, review action taken so far and agree a reasonable and proportionate action plan going forward with a view to effectively dealing with the alleged anti-social behaviour.”

A spokeswoman for Aspirations said: “We are extremely concerned by this inappropriate behaviour. We appreciate this is distressing for all the neighbours and we have made them aware we are doing everything we can. Whenever we have received a report of inappropriate behaviour, we have immediately instructed industrial cleaners to clear up the mess and make the area hygienic.”

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  • FreeRadical1  |  January 09 2014, 6:17PM

    All poo contains the DNA of the person who did it. Test the poo and ask for DNA samples from suspects. Innocent people won't refuse.

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  • ghiabelinda  |  January 09 2014, 4:46PM

    winkle, cats cover it up, its not cats or dogs is it, read the article properly before making comments, and dont be so quick to always blame animals

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  • JemmyWood  |  January 09 2014, 3:50PM

    Winkle1956, its not pet 'waste'... its human 'waste'. It amazes me that Aspirations are aware of the issue and it has gone this far. They should have stopped it after the first instance. Lots of management speak from Sarah Hendry there... but actions speak louder than words.... and from the story, it looks like there has been very few words and even less action so far to stop this.

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  • WINKLE1956  |  January 09 2014, 3:14PM

    Unfortunately this is a situation that is all too common for many people, we have a somewhat relaxed law saying that dog owners should clear up their dog's mess but nothing for cats. Every time their owner lets it out the cat is going to mess somewhere. Personally I clear up mess on my front and back lawns at least every other day, I've tried a whole variety of methods but none have deterred them. If someone has the answer I'd certainly like to hear it. My sympathy goes out to the people in this report.

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