Burnley family’s desperate plea to be rehomed

Adam Small and Leanne Shepherd with their children Ellie Small (5), Rebecca Shepherd (8) and Amber Small (5) who want Calico to rehouse them as their house is not fit to live in.
Adam Small and Leanne Shepherd with their children Ellie Small (5), Rebecca Shepherd (8) and Amber Small (5) who want Calico to rehouse them as their house is not fit to live in.

A VULNERABLE family targeted by “death threat” yobs have pleaded with Calico for a move away from their nightmare Burnley home.

Leanne Shepherd (32) her partner Adam Small (25) and their three young children have been subjected to a torrent of abuse and anti-social behaviour at their Rosehill Road home.

The couple have had petrol and fireworks put through the letterbox, bins torched outside their home and bricks thrown through the window.

Fire crews have even installed safety devices in the house to protect the family from further fire attacks.

Police, fire chiefs and Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle have been pushing for a move for the family but Calico have put them in a low priority band.

Leanne said: “We have had problems since we moved in. There has been people throwing stones at the window, they are abusing us. A van was crashed through our back fence right up to the living room window. We have had to get the police out a couple of times.

“All I want to do is to have my girls in a safe, warm and dry house.”

Adam added: “It is a shame on them. They are not helping us. We have been living here since 2007 and it has been horrible. Sometimes we don’t even want to go home. We just want to move out.”

Coun. Jeff Sumner, who has been helping the family, said: “They are vulnerable. They really need help. When lives have been threatened with children in there, they should have been moved straight away. It has got worse since then. There are lots of issues. They have bid for new houses but they are not getting anywhere.”

Helen Thompson, Calico’s head of neighbourhood services, said: “We are doing everything possible to assist Miss Shepherd and her family, and are in regular contact with them to offer support and guidance, along with their local councillor and Burnley Council.

“We have thoroughly investigated every report of anti-social behaviour they have made, and have even installed CCTV to monitor the home. We can advise they have made no complaints of ASB since last year as a result.

“Calico is committed to providing homes for those in need. Every year we rehouse more than 500 people and their families through the B-with-us scheme, which ensures housing applications are prioritised for those who are homeless, vulnerable or overcrowded. As this family is not overcrowded, and do not currently have issues that would require urgent rehousing, we have had to prioritise those with much greater need. We will continue to assist this family in their search to move to another area.”