Residents who live in a ‘hell hole’ town plagued by drugs, gangs and unemployment have compared it to the ‘Wild West’.
Tilbury in Essex has been described as ‘the town of the damned’ by desperate locals who say neighbours are ‘deserting’ as quickly as they can.
Crime sprees, shoplifting, drug taking and dealing, empty shops and little work opportunities are some of the reasons people are fleeing the historic dock town on the River Thames.
Shops are targeted daily, gangs of youths run-riot and open drug taking plagues the area, fed-up residents explained.
One man told MailOnline: ‘It’s hell. It’s very dangerous. Every week somebody comes in here. It’s very bad. People are giving-up. It’s like the Wild West. It’s a free for all. There’s no respect.
This comes after a Youtuber documented their experience of the place, saying: ‘The whole town feels unwelcoming and has an air of violence to it’, before dubbing it the worst place to live in Essex.
The channel – Turdtowns – explores some of the UK’s most overlooked areas and ranked Tilbury the worst out of seven in the county.
Crime data backs up the claim, showing it is the most dangerous small town in Essex.
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