Locals label Bradford ‘lawless’ and reveal bus and taxi drivers avoid certain streets out of fear

Bradford residents have dubbed the city “lawless” after it was voted one of the worst places to live in England.

The city of West Yorkshire was described as being ravaged by drug-related crime and career criminals widespread, according to an online poll published last week.

Despite having a university and stunning architecture in the city centre, some locals said the best thing they could say about the place is how close it is to Leeds and Manchester.

In the shadow of the listed 19th-century Town Hall, recently visited by King Charles, people can be seen openly drinking and using drugs.

And in the city’s notorious Holme Wood housing development, locals said bus and taxi drivers would not dare drive down certain streets for fear of being attacked by helpless youths.

A man in a jacket and wool hat urinates against a telephone box in Bradford city centre

A man in a jacket and wool hat urinates against a telephone box in Bradford city centre

A man in a jacket and wool hat urinates against a telephone box in Bradford city centre

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Police speak to a man drinking cans of Fosters in Bradford city centre

A bin full of rubbish sits in Bradford, voted the 10th worst place to live in England in an online poll

A bin full of rubbish sits in Bradford, voted the 10th worst place to live in England in an online poll

A bin full of rubbish sits in Bradford, voted the 10th worst place to live in England in an online poll

Shops in Bradford's Holmewood Estate shopping square are closed and covered in graffiti

Shops in Bradford's Holmewood Estate shopping square are closed and covered in graffiti

Shops in Bradford’s Holmewood Estate shopping square are closed and covered in graffiti

On condition of anonymity, one local said of the poll: “I’m surprised it wasn’t higher.

“I would put it in the top 5. I’ve moved across the country and there are some rough places, but it’s bad here. It’s lawless.’

Several taxi companies have listed the property as a “no-go” area, where black-eyed drivers have been left behind while others have been harassed for money after their windows were smashed.

In the afternoon, young men on horseback were seen roaming the property while a large pile of rubbish burned in a field near a children’s playground.

The man added: “A surveillance camera has been installed in the bus stop because it is always destroyed. It’s only been a few days and it was destroyed too.

“Every taxi I get, the drivers refuse to go straight to the property. Gangs of Jobs stand on the street corner and throw bricks at cars.

“A guy got out of the car and took out a baseball bat, then a bunch of kids came down with a sledgehammer.

“It has its outbursts. Violence is the order of the day. The police show up and everyone flinches.

“They have no chance of catching them because they know all the alleys and shortcuts that police cars can’t go through and they’re gone.”

An abandoned Bradford mill voted one of the ten worst places to live in England

An abandoned Bradford mill voted one of the ten worst places to live in England

An abandoned Bradford mill voted one of the ten worst places to live in England

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People drink cans of alcohol in the middle of the day in Bradford city centre

A sign for the Holmewood estate in Bradford is vandalized with graffiti

A sign for the Holmewood estate in Bradford is vandalized with graffiti

A sign for the Holmewood estate in Bradford is vandalized with graffiti

A man walks past piles of rubbish in Bradford city center on a dreary day

A man walks past piles of rubbish in Bradford city center on a dreary day

A man walks past piles of rubbish in Bradford city center on a dreary day

Several windows are smashed at the abandoned mill building in Bradford

Several windows are smashed at the abandoned mill building in Bradford

Several windows are smashed at the abandoned mill building in Bradford

A lone horse trots across a lawn at the Holmewood estate in Bradford

A lone horse trots across a lawn at the Holmewood estate in Bradford

A lone horse trots across a lawn at the Holmewood estate in Bradford

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A man drinks cans of alcohol in the middle of the day in Bradford city centre

Parts of the 1950s housing development are in the top 5% and 1% of the government’s index of deprivation, but not everyone felt unsafe in the area.

Nigel Wood, who runs local Chippy, said he was proud to be from Bradford and disagreed with the city’s place in the top 10.

Nigel, 50, said: “It’s a bit rough and ready but I’ve always lived in Bradford and I’ve lived on this property for most of my life.

“The people of Bradford are nice and it’s the people that make the city. The community spirit is there.”

In downtown, which the poll blasted as full of fast food joints and “the local junkie desperate for his next shot,” police could be seen speaking to those in the public eye soak.

Student Kennedy Kandjii, 31, said: “Nothing is really happening. It needs a glow.

“I would go to Leeds for some shopping and Manchester is only 40 minutes away so that’s good.”

A midwifery student, who identified herself as Dua, 21, said she had a friend who was stabbed to death in the city center a few years ago.

But she insisted she didn’t feel unsafe walking around the city centre, adding: “I’ve had a lot of offers from across the country but I chose Bradford because of the social disadvantage here. They actually help the people here.

“I feel safe here, I can walk downtown. I’ve never felt unsafe, but I know what’s going on. My friend was stabbed two years ago.’

Local Brian Vinn, 56, who has lived on the street for 15 years, said:

Local Brian Vinn, 56, who has lived on the street for 15 years, said:

Local Brian Vinn, 56, who has lived on the street for 15 years, said: “I think the 10th is about right.”

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A man stumbles out of a pub and looks at the floor in Bradford, West Yorkshire

Shops on Bradford's high street remain closed as it was voted the 10th worst place to live in England

Shops on Bradford's high street remain closed as it was voted the 10th worst place to live in England

Shops on Bradford’s high street remain closed as it was voted the 10th worst place to live in England

Nigel Wood, who runs local Chippy, said he was proud to be from Bradford and disagreed with the city's place in the top 10

Nigel Wood, who runs local Chippy, said he was proud to be from Bradford and disagreed with the city's place in the top 10

Nigel Wood, who runs local Chippy, said he was proud to be from Bradford and disagreed with the city’s place in the top 10

Student Kennedy Kandjii, 31, said:

Student Kennedy Kandjii, 31, said:

Student Kennedy Kandjii, 31, said: “Nothing is really happening. It needs a glow

A street on the Holmewood estate in Bradford is quiet as the town has been vandalized in an online poll

A street on the Holmewood estate in Bradford is quiet as the town has been vandalized in an online poll

A street on the Holmewood estate in Bradford is quiet as the town has been vandalized in an online poll

Tree-tied horses can be seen at the town’s Ravenscliffe estate, another area plagued by antisocial behavior where bus companies regularly depart from routes.

Local Brian Vinn, 56, who has lived on the street for 15 years, said: “I think the 10th is about right. There’s bad places everywhere, it’s just that I live in one.

“Buses were stopped in the street for being stoned, taxis were stopped. Every now and then it will flare up.

“They have little kids and they turn about 21, they get money and they buy quad bikes and they speed them down the street.

“It gets bad in the summer, there are kids making trouble on the property and we have the police here every few days but they don’t have a prayer. You won’t catch people.”

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