Locals rubbish Sajid Javid’s ‘Britain’s most dangerous road’ comments

Sajid Javid’s bid to gain STREET CRED by saying he grew up on Britain’s ‘most dangerous road’ backfires after locals brand claim as ‘bulls**t’ and say area where homes cost up to £410,000 has improved

  • Residents of Stapleton Road in Bristol have rubbished Sajid Javid’s claims
  • He said in a speech on stabbings he could have easily turned to a life of crime
  • But residents and community leaders say this is not a fair reflection of the street
  • Business owners say their children have grown up in the area without a problem
  • The street was labelled a crime hot spot by then Home Secretary David Blunkett 

Sajid Javid is facing a furious backlash from residents of the road he grew up on in Bristol after he referred to it as ‘the most dangerous street in Britain’.

The Home Secretary has been criticised by business owners and community leaders of the multicultural Stapleton Road in the north of the city following comments he made on Monday which have been labelled ‘bulls**t’.

He said during a speech on spiralling knife crime: ‘I grew up on what was dubbed by one tabloid as “the most dangerous street in Britain”.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said in a speech on Monday how he could have easily turned to a life of crime because of his childhood street

‘It’s not so difficult to see how instead of being in Cabinet, I could have been taken in to a life of crime.

‘There were the pupils at school that shoplifted, and asked if I wanted to help. The drug dealers who stood near the school gates and told you by joining in you could make easy money.’

A young Mr Javid in his school days. The Home Secretary shared the picture on Instagram, saying ‘#extrememakeover #agedwell’

Javid said it was only due to the love and support from his parents and teachers that he did not turn to a life of crime.

But residents of Stapleton Road have hit back at the Tory MP, saying his views of his childhood street are inaccurate and distorted.

Abdul Malik, a school governor, magistrate, mosque chairperson and an owner of butcher’s shops on the street told The Guardian: ‘There’s no justification for him to refer to Stapleton Road as the most dangerous in Britain.

‘He needs to wake up to the things that have taken this area forward.’

Mr Malik also said he knew Javid’s father and said the Home Secretary was never involved in the Stapleton Road community.

Clare Mobley, a Bristol florist who has worked on the street for more than 20 years said: ‘It’s such a load of bulls**t.

She said her children have grown up on Stapleton Road and never had a problem there where houses now fetch as much as £410,000.

Others chimed in to say they went to the same school as Javid but never knew of any drug dealers hanging around the school gates.

Javid was born in Greater Manchester and his father was a bus driver.

Houses on the Bristol street have sold for as much as £410,000 and locals have called Javid’s claims ‘insulting’

Community leader Abdul Malik said: ‘There’s no justification for him to refer to Stapleton Road as the most dangerous in Britain’

The family later moved down to Stapleton Road for a few years in a two-bedroom flat above their clothes shop.

But now the street features a car dealership turning over £5million a year, a healthcare tech company, a yoga studio and many trendy shops and cafes.

Rayan Wilson, who runs Bristol-based sports company Back2Action, said the Home Secretary’s comments were ‘out of order’ and ‘irresponsible’.

He said the mix of cultures on the road have come together to create a community.

The road came to national attention in 2002 when then Home Secretary David Blunkett named it a crime hot spot

There have been recent problems with gang violence and sexual grooming but residents say it is changing for the better and is not the place Javid described

The road gained its bad reputation when the then Home Secretary David Blunkett named it one of the five crime hot spots across the UK.

Community leader Mohammed ElsharifIt told Bristol Live: ‘It is insulting to still hear Stapleton Road being described as the most dangerous place when I just don’t think that’s the case anymore.’

The Sunday People said in 2011 the street was ‘a lawless hellhole where murder, rape, shootings, drug-pushing, prostitution, knifings and violent robbery are commonplace.’

There have been recent problems with gang violence and sexual grooming but residents say it is changing for the better and is not the place Javid described.

Mr Malik said: ‘There has been a huge effort in the community for many years after he left to improve things.’

Javid has spoken much previously about his working class roots before he left Bristol to become a city banker.

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