Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Left to Live on Streets

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Left to Live on Streets

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Byline: By Sophie Doughty

A young mum who fled her council house after it was broken into twice in two months is facing a life on the streets with her children.

All Ashley Newton says she wants is a safe home for her two daughters, Kerry and Alicia Shotton.

But housing officers at North Tyneside Council have told the 20-year-old it is her own fault she is homeless.

They said she could have to wait five years for a house.

Ashley left her last council house in Chathill Terrace, Walker, Newcastle, two years ago after it was targeted twice by burglars.

Housing bosses provided her with temporary bed and breakfast accommodation before she was forced to return to mum Andrea Greenwood's home in Marden Road, Howdon.

Ashley said: "One day I got in and found Kerry's cot upside down. I was scared I would be burgled when I was asleep. I didn't even go back for my telly and furniture."

By the time second daughter, Alicia, arrived there were 11 people crammed into her mum's three-bedroomed house. …

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