Mugged Manor Park mum urges council to rehouse her

Afia Begum's injuries

Afia Begum's injuries - Credit: Archant

A mum who was mugged in the car park outside her Manor Park flat has urged the council to find her somewhere safe to live.

Afia Begum, 30, says she has feared living in Arthur Walls House, Grantham Road, ever since she was temporarily moved into her 11th floor flat by the council a year-and-a-half ago.

She was punched in the face while retrieving £40 from her car at about 8pm on September 21.

Her injuries included a black eye, losing half of her eyebrow and cuts to her cheekbone and eyebrow which had to be glued.

Afia, who has a 16-month-old daughter, says she is anxious to move elsewhere as she is “extremely” concerned for their safety.

“I was punched in the face for £40,” Afia said. “I have a little baby - what if she was with me?

“I don’t like leaving my flat when it’s dark because is not safe for us to live here but the council keep saying the same thing, that they can’t do anything about our situation.”

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Her flat was burgled last year and she says drug use on the estate is rife, with people regularly ringing her buzzer and knocking on her door late at night to try and buy drugs.

To make matters worse, almost all of the other flats on the 11th floor are empty, making her feel very isolated.

Since the attack, Afia has been staying at her mum’s house as she says that she is unable to sleep in her flat, with every noise causing her concern.

“I am too scared to come home,” she said.

“It is difficult for me and it is really antagonising for my daughter.”

In a statement, Newham Council said: “We take reports of crime and anti-social behaviour very seriously and are committed to ensuring that our residents live in neighbourhoods where they feel safe.

“We have repeatedly contacted the tenant to ask her to provide the details of the police officer involved in her case.

“Once we have further information from the police, we will be able to identify whether the tenant can be moved to a new property due to harassment and anti-social behaviour.

“So far, the tenant has failed to respond to our repeated requests for information.

“We will make further attempts to contact her for this information.”

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