A Dundee family has told of the horrifying behaviour that has made their close “unliveable”.
The Tele previously highlighted several tenement closes in Dundee which have been left neglected.
One tenant on the city’s Lyon Street had even been forced to post a sign pleading for residents not to let the close be used as a “toilet”.
Robert McGee, who posted the sign, told the Tele of the impact that it has had on his young family.
The 36-year-old said: “We moved here in May and from the minute we got here we were finding needles in the close.
“People are shooting up heroin on our doorstep, there has even been human faeces on the floor.
“The close is being used as a toilet — at first I thought it might be people coming from the nearby pub but it is folk coming in to do it.
“I don’t mind going out and telling them to get out, but what if my wife comes across them? She could end up being stuck with a needle if they lash out.
“What if it is an old age pensioner? It isn’t fair on people living here.
“One day there was someone in the close sitting on the stairs injecting and my son saw him.
“No youngster needs to be seeing that kind of thing.
“I have had to pick up four needles in the last few weeks and discard them.”
Robert lives with his partner Debbie, 36, and their two children Luke, 13, and seven-year-old Junior.
He added: “I have actually had to take my two boys out and show them the needles and explain to them what they are and why they need to stay away from them.
“It isn’t so bad for Junior because he is younger and we are always with him but Luke is getting to the age where he goes to school on his own and likes to go out with his friends.
“The close isn’t safe — there is often blood all over the walls.
“I have worked as an industrial cleaner so I know how to clean it up safely but I shouldn’t need to do that.”
Mitu Karim, who manages the McGees’ property for the landlord, said that he was aware of the situation blighting the close.
He added: “We have taken steps to try to sort out the problem but it is persisting. I will be going to meet with the residents in the next few days to try to sort out the issues.”