Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Big Family All Cooped Up

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Big Family All Cooped Up

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Byline: By Peter Taylor

A family face eviction because their two sons like being cooped-up.

Dad Glen Brown, 46, refurbished former pigeon lofts at his home in Chestnut Avenue, Blyth, Northumberland, and had them fitted out with televisions, electric sockets and other equipment.

The youngsters, Xyron and Glen, both 12, moved in two years ago to ease the pressure on the family of six in their two-bedroom council home.

Mr Brown and his wife Melissa, who also have two daughters, Carlene, nine, and Zoi, two, love the neighbourhood where they live and don't want to leave it for a bigger house.

But now the two boys have been ordered to leave the outhouses by Northumberland Social Services.

The family has been told the wooden sheds could be at risk from fire and the boys would be safer sleeping in the house.

But an angry Mr Brown, said: "This is unbelievable. I think the council should just leave us alone.

"The police thought it was wrong for the kids to stay in a shed and reported us. …

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