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'This area is very bad and there is too much crime'
NEIGHBOURS have spoken of their shock after a man was stabbed to death in their street.
Mother Ilona Svanka lives opposite the home where 39-year-old Adrian Locke was found murdered in Teme Road, Tolladine, Worcester, at 7.22pm on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old, who has lived at the house since August with her mother, husband and four children returned home from shopping to find 12 police vehicles, including cars, vans and bikes parked outside and the road cordoned off.
She said: “The police said there was some kind of accident but they didn’t say someone was killed. “The paramedics were trying to revive him for 30 to 40 minutes my mum said.”
Mrs Svanka had seen Mr Locke the morning of his death as he put the bins out while wearing a dressing gown.
Mrs Svanka said her mother, Dzintra Svanka, aged 53, who lives with her but speaks no English, had told her she had watched the paramedics try to save his life and then his body taken away by ambulance.
Mrs Svanka had been out shopping and returned to find police were not allowing cars through.
She said: “When I heard I was a little bit scared. It was like something from the movies.
“That evening my mum was terrified. She didn’t know what was happening. She saw the body and she remembered it was the guy who was carrying out the bin in the morning. She was really, really scared.”
A 31-year-old woman, who declined to be named, said she was not surprised when it happened.
“This area is very bad and there is too much crime. I’m worried as a parent. I have one and I’m pregnant with my second. I wish I could move from here. I have been living here three years and I have seen too much crime.”
Graham Poole, 63, who lives a few doors away from where the murder happened, said: “All we heard on the night was banging and shouting but it’s nothing unusual. The police were searching the gardens and the bins. They said they were trying to find evidence.
“They were looking for the murder weapon. A policewoman asked if we had any CCTV. I wasn’t really surprised. There’s always fighting. It’s a regular thing.”
Mr Poole, who has lived in Teme Road for 40 years, said he had seen a car sliding down the road on its roof, an explosion, fights and had been threatened a couple of times.
A woman, who declined to be named, said: “It is absolutely shocking. He kept himself to himself but I spoke to him a few times.
“It does petrify me. This is normal for Teme Road and Avon Road. It’s like Beirut here. There’s fights and drugs. This has shaken us all.
“He was so young. He was always a happy bloke and he wouldn’t hurt anybody that I know of. I hope they found out who did it because nobody deserves it.”