A BABY has been offered for sale at £250 in a suburb said to be “beyond breaking point” following an influx of Roma migrants.
The bid to trade the newborn child for cash is said to have taken place amid an outbreak of drug dealing, teenage prostitution and gang intimidation in Sheffield’s Page Hall district.
Chip shop owner Colin Barton said yesterday: “About three weeks ago a lad aged 17 or 18 walked in and said ‘Do you want to buy this?’
“I thought he was talking about a mobile phone or something but when I looked up I realised he was holding a baby. It can’t have been more than three weeks old and was wrapped up.
“My wife Nicola said a man and woman were outside watching. I waited for the lad to laugh but instead he said ‘£250’. I was stunned and sickened and didn’t know what to do. When they realised my horror they vanished.”
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Mr Barton said he reported it to South Yorkshire Police who are investigating. He added: “People are beyond breaking point. I have been here seven months and that is six months, three weeks and five days too long.”
Earlier this week, former Home Secretary and Sheffield MP David Blunkett highlighted the “serious problems” after the arrival of Romas from Slovakia. He said they were living as if in a “downtrodden village or woodland” with no toilets or litter collections.
Frightened locals in Page Hall say gangs of up to 50 men gather to drink alcohol and chant vile songs at them.
Teenage girls are said to offer sex for less than the price of a pint of beer. Others believe drug deals are taking place, with cars pulling up and packages being exchanged.
Concerns that Roma gangs already in Britain are engaged in such appalling criminal acts will add weight to the Daily Express crusade to force the Government to keep controls in place on Romanians and Bulgarians, rather than opening the doors to both countries on January 1.
In once-proud Page Hall, home to a large Pakistani community for more than three decades, Mr Barton fears vigilantes could take action unless the authorities regain control.
Some residents already take part in peaceful night-time “warden” patrols to report anti-social behaviour.
Mr Barton, 54, said: “If Page Hall is a snapshot of what is going to happen to other areas when the border restrictions on Bulgaria and Romania are lifted next year, then I would advise people to move as far away as possible.” His wife Nicola, 47, who came to the UK from Sri Lanka 10 years ago, said: “This is nothing like the England I had read about. These people are just so rude, they make no effort to integrate and don’t even learn basic words like please and thank you.”
Other locals we spoke to complained about noise until 4am, litter and garden trees being stripped of fruit. Voluntary worker Kashmir Malik, 34, said: “I love this area but we need help fast.”
Yesterday, South Yorkshire Police said: “We have provided additional resources in Page Hall to ensure a consistent, visible and reassuring police presence…anti-social behaviour has been substantially reduced”.
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