DRUG dealers are turning a 'palatial' Feltham apartment block into a 'crack den', according to residents.
Junkies inject and smoke drugs in the corridors and stairwells of the modern Pieris House in Feltham High Street, leaving families and pensioners afraid to leave their homes.
The hi-tech entry system has been broken repeatedly and residents are fed-up of having up to 50 strangers a day traipsing through their building.
John Kavanagh, a retired scaffolder aged 72, has been abused, had eggs hurled at him from a balcony and now cannot bear to spend any time in the building.
"I'm 72 years old and I can no longer handle it. It's making me so distressed my heart is giving way. You never know when you are going to get a knife in your back," he said.
"I came here because I thought it was a palace but once the drugs came in it just
became a nightmare.
"They sit out on the landing injecting themselves, they smoke marijuana in the lift - it's not on. There are children living here - it's them who will suffer most in the end."
A mother-of-three, who lives in the block but did not want to be named, said: "It is no place to raise children. It's such a nice building but it's becoming some sort of crack den.
"I have to keep a constant eye on the kids because you never know who they are going to run into in the hallway."
The building is owned and run by A2Dominion and all the flats are occupied by their tenants. Group director of property services, David Lingeman, said: "Our engineers have made numerous visits to Pieris House to repair the lock to the main entrance door which has been repeatedly vandalised.
"On several occasions it has been a matter of just
days or even hours before it has been broken again.
"The whole process has been exhausting both for our residents and ourselves, and to continue fixing the lock when we know it will be vandalised yet again is simply unsustainable. We fully appreciate the concerns of our residents, and that is why we are working closely
with the police in Feltham to tackle the root of the problem, to try to drive out the antisocial behaviour from the block."
A police spokesman said: "We are aware of the issues, officers do go into the block and they do patrol the area. We are working with A2Dominion to resolve the issue."