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Inside seaside village where abandoned homes on ghost streets are plastered with fake windows and doors to deter thieves… as locals say its only going to get worse

A seaside village has been forced to plaster abandoned homes with posters of windows and doors to deter thieves after residents fled the area.

Fed up locals in Horden, County Durham, are plagued by drug deals on their doorsteps and yobs breaking into their homes after neighbouring streets were left eerily empty.

Last year house prices plunged to £5k on some terraces in the area as owners desperately tried to sell up on the ghost town streets.

The council has gone to extreme lengths by covering empty houses with fake plastic doors and windows so criminals think they’re occupied.

Full-sized mimics are plastered over the original doors – many of which had been left damaged.

On one street visited by MailOnline this week there were twenty homes plastered with fake windows.

A local said: ‘Things are bad because there is hardly any work around here. It’s become really, really bad with crime’.

Meanwhile other properties remain boarded up and some terraced homes have gaping holes in glass windows.

One empty home even had the words ‘rent me’ rubbed onto the front window while another had a note from the council stuck on the front door warning of a rodent infestation.

Each street in the area is named after a number, from Third to Thirteenth.

Residents say the problem specifically lies in the ‘numbered streets’, which give the town an unfair reputation.

Speaking outside an abandoned convenience store which has been shut for 20 years, resident Brian Bellingham, 50, said: ‘I’ve been here all my life and it’s getting worse to live here.

‘Every one of these numbered streets will have around 20 empty houses.

‘I think the fake doors look alright considering the houses are empty.

‘It’s better than walking past buildings that have boards up and shattered windows.

‘But things are bad because there is hardly any work around here. It’s become really, really bad with crime.

‘I remember when all these houses were full and everyone would know each other.

‘Now it’s nowhere near the same. These numbered streets are my home though and I would never leave, but it’s getting worse.

‘The house prices have dropped but it’s one of those things, I can’t really change it.

‘I’ve lived here all my life so people know me but you could worry for people moving in from the outside.’

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