Category Archives: Easington Colliery

Easington Colliery Caravanning Club

Do you want the dystopian holiday of a lifetime?
If the answer to that question is yes, then you should head to Easington Colliery.

We can offer wonderfully unsafe pitches for your prized caravan.
Easington Colliery
Easington Colliery
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No visit to Easington Colliery would be complete without a walking tour of the A and B streets, where you can admire the fine collection of burned out houses. There are also many properties boasting smashed or boarded-up windows, rubbish filled yards, and the remains of wheelie bin fires.
But please be careful not to tread in the generously deposited dog shit, and broken glass on the pavements and roads, and on no account take any back home with you for a souvenir of your fabulous holiday – that would spoil the area for other visitors, and residents alike.
Anthony Street, Easington Colliery
Baldwin Street, Easington Colliery
If the walking tour leaves you a little weary, there are always countless sofas and armchairs scattered about, where you can rest your aching bones, and admire the scenery, as some of the sofas are conveniently placed in prime locations with views of the North Sea.
Easington Colliery
One thing we all look forward to on a holiday is trying the local cuisine, and getting gastroenteritis.
Have no fear. We have that covered.
Seaside Lane is awash with take-aways. You may even get lucky and find a free deep-fried rat with your meal.

Fire – Barwick Street – Easington Colliery

This morning, I heard that sometime yesterday there had been yet another arson attack in Easington Colliery.

This house fire in Barwick Street, Easington Colliery, is as far as I know, the forth one to have occurred in the A and B streets since March of this year.

Arson is rife, but nothing is done about it. #brokenbritain

After hearing about this latest arson attack I wandered over to Barwick Street to see for myself.

I walked down the back of Barwick Street first, where a police car was parked outside of the burnt out house, to snap a few photos.
At the front of the property there was another police car parked up. Presumably the two policemen have been parked in their cars overnight.
It’s interesting that despite Easington Colliery residents being told that money is tight, and resources are limited, they can afford to have two police vehicles just sitting there for so long.
If they actually patrolled the A and B streets regularly then maybe incidents like this wouldn’t happen in the first place.
Horse, stable door…….

Unlike two of the previous three arson attacks, the Barwick Street property is not an end of terrace house, it has neighbouring properties on either side.
Thankfully, by the look of it, the fire did not spread to the adjacent houses, forcing any tenants to move out, which is what happened after the arson attack in Anthony Street; the lady who lived next door had to move due to smoke damage which left her with nothing.

At a recent Easington Colliery P.A.C.T. meeting, which was attended by local residents who are all understandably concerned for their safety, after the previous arson attacks, the police in attendance said that they would be taking a, ‘Zero Tolerance’ approach to much of the criminal activity that happens here.
This was welcome news to members of the community who were at the meeting, to be told that the police, and council, were taking things seriously. But unfortunately, no sooner had the words ‘Zero Tolerance’ been said, they were more or less immediately retracted, by, ”but we don’t want to give the offenders criminal records that could negatively affect the rest of their lives, blah blah blah…….”, despite the fact that these criminals are making the lives of the local residents seriously intolerable.

That statement proves that the police put the wellbeing of criminals above that of the decent people living here, who deserve to feel safe in their own homes and in this community. People who have worked hard all of their lives and just want, and deserve, to live their lives in peace without feeling threatened or in danger.

So, basically, the police won’t be taking a ‘Zero Tolerance’ approach to anything, least of all serious crimes such as arson.
No doubt this latest fire in Barwick Street will be mentioned at the next P.A.C.T. meeting, and like all previous meetings the officials in attendance; councillors, police, and a representative from Durham County council, will once again lie about what they are doing to resolve the many problems in the A and B streets, and elsewhere in Easington Colliery, and then as usual they will brag about the obscene amounts of money they waste on vanity projects; many thousands of pounds, in an area where lots of residents are struggling to survive and having to use the food bank.

The sad fact is the council and the police just do not care.
Maybe they consider everyone who resides in the A and B streets, and other parts of the colliery, to be scumbags, who don’t deserve the right to live a decent and safe life.
As long as the councillors and police are alright, and it’s not their homes that are being attacked by arsonists, or their lives that are being made unbearable and miserable by anti-social behaviour, and criminal activity, they will continue to do nothing.
Their complete disinterest in actually doing anything about the myriad of problems in Easington Colliery is clear for anyone who attends the P.A.C.T. meetings to see; the councillors spend a lot of time checking the clock on the wall, obviously wishing the hour away until they can leave and go back to their comfortable safe lives.

It’s not surprising that there has been another arson attack in Easington Colliery, when the people responsible know that they will not be caught, and that the police don’t want to punish them, or take any action that will result in them receiving a criminal record.
People only behave as badly as you let them, and it’s common knowledge that in Easington Colliery you can get away with anything, including arson.

What is it going to take until the officials, who are employed, or elected, to help look after the best interests of the residents of Easington Colliery, actually start doing the job they are paid or elected to do.

I will not be attending the next P.A.C.T. meeting, or any future meetings, it is a waste of my time, and no doubt that’s exactly what the councillors and police want, for no members of the local community to attend the meetings, because then they can kid themselves that they have done a good job, and there are no social problems or crimes to be dealt with in Easington Colliery.

Arson in Easington Colliery
Arson in Easington Colliery
Arson in Easington Colliery
Arson in Easington Colliery

Anthony Street, Easington Colliery. Arson?

Yesterday evening at about 10.30pm I was awoken by sirens and flashing blue lights. I stuck my head out of the bedroom window, which is at the front of our house, and saw thick plumes of black smoke.
I hurriedly got dressed and went down stairs.
My wife was downstairs, and had also heard the commotion, she had looked out of the back door, and saw big plumes of smoke that were so dense she could hardly see the bottom of our road.
Anthony Street, Easington Colliery
I ventured down to the bottom of our street and watched while firemen tackled the blazing house at 1 Anthony Street.
Flames were shooting out of the top floor windows. A good number of our neighbours were out watching the disturbing incident.
The only good news is the fact that 1 Anthony Street is an unoccupied house.
Anthony Street, Easington Colliery
The house has not been secure since the middle of March of this year, with the back door open for all and sundry to enter.
A number of other local residents, and myself, have spoken to the council about this property, and also to our local councillors – but to no avail.
Our concerns have fallen of deaf ears. The result. Another burnt out house.
Anthony Street, Easington Colliery
Why our concerns have fallen on deaf ears, I have no idea.
This year alone there have been at least three house fires in the A and B streets of Easington Colliery. These acts of arson are seemingly being ignored by the authorities.
Along with the other concerned local residents I hope it won’t take someones death as a result of these arsons attacks, before the powers that be, take any action.
Anthony Street, Easington Colliery
Blog post by Richard Randall

Chaos in Easington Colliery

It has been another fun week in Easington Colliery, County Durham. To add to the normal broken windows, we have also had two cars vandalised at the bottom of Anthony Street and Argent Street and a horse in a yard on Anthony Street being kept in a yard and eating rubbish from the bins and laying in its own faeces.
Horse in Easington Colliery
Easington Colliery
Easington Colliery
Blog post by Richard Randall

House Fire, Baldwin Street, Easington Colliery

Just before 9am this morning I received a phone call from a friend who lives in Baldwin Street, Easington Colliery. He said he had woken-up to no electricity in his house, and the faint smell of smoke in the air. He then ventured out of his front door to be greeted by the sight of fire engines, and a couple of vans from Northern Power.
Baldwin Street, Easington Colliery
In the early hours of Sunday morning a house at the bottom end of Baldwin street had gone up in flames. Thankfully the property was unoccupied, and the fire did not spread to the adjoining house, which is currently occupied.
Baldwin Street, Easington Colliery
Our plan for today had been to go to Seaham, but on the way we stopped at our friends house in Baldwin Street to make sure he was O.K. and also to take a few photos of the fire damaged house, before the property is boarded up.
Baldwin Street, Easington Colliery
As you can see from the photos I shot in Baldwin Street, the fire completely gutted the property.
Baldwin Street, Easington Colliery
This is not the only incident to happen to this house recently, as a few weeks ago a joy-rider drove a car into the side of the property. The car burst into flames which caused lots of external damage to the building.
Baldwin Street, Easington Colliery
While this incident may seem shocking, it’s not unusual for similar things to occur in Easington Colliery. With each passing day it seems to be becoming more and more like a war zone.
Baldwin Street, Easington Colliery
Baldwin Street, Easington Colliery
Baldwin Street, Easington Colliery
Baldwin Street, Easington Colliery
Baldwin Street, Easington Colliery
Baldwin Street, Easington Colliery
Baldwin Street, Easington Colliery
Blog post by Richard Randall