Tenants go on hammer-wrecking spree in South Shields flat

Landlord Colin Campbell evicts tenant over criminal damage in one of his properties
Landlord Colin Campbell evicts tenant over criminal damage in one of his properties

A landlord in South Tyneside has spoken of his anger and frustration after nightmare tenants went on a wrecking spree with a hammer inside one of his properties.

Colin Campbell, who has run the South Tyneside Landords’ Association for 30 years, couldn’t believe his eyes when he entered the three-bedroom upstairs flat in Dean Road, South Shields, last week.

It’s the worse attack in 30 years

Landlord Colin Campbell

The tenants had used a hammer to smash holes in seven doors and in the plaster walls, causing an estimated £1,000 in damage.

Mr Campbell immediately told the tenants, aged 19 and 21, to leave the property before changing the locks.

He said the malicious damage caused was “the worst I have encountered in 30 years”.

Now the social landlord has written to South Tyneside Homes, various housing associations and charities to warn them about the two individuals and what they are capable of.

He said: “I can only put this down to cannabis-induced paranoia. The thing was that they caused this damage and still expected to live there.

“They attacked the doors with a hammer, all the internal doors were damaged and then they started to make inroads into the plaster walls, no doubt in a bid to cause me pain.

“Some time ago I thought one of them was dead when I went there at 1pm in the afternoon, but it turned out he was in a cannabis-induced sleep.

“In addition to the damage, they have also been messing around with the settings on the boiler. They have been a nightmare.”