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Our club was used to film ITV drama – now we’re building £25K fence to keep out machete gangs after finding dead body | The Sun
December 5, 2023
IT was once a thriving hub of the community and recently used as a filming location for a hit ITV drama.
But the acting secretary of a working men’s club in the Harehills area of Leeds has revealed they’ve been forced to sell off the plot to fund a new security fence in a desperate attempt to keep out violent gangs and drug users.
The Sun visited the blighted suburb last week, after a spate of gangland-style stabbings and murders left people fearing for their safety.
Harehills Labour Club’s acting secretary Dave Ewart, 69, told us the club grounds – where ITV filmed scenes for its Yorkshire Ripper drama The Long Shadow – have been abused by people “coming in un-invited to the site…defecating and leaving drug paraphernalia”.
“We had to get a specialist removal company in as your normal rubbish removal company won’t touch needles. That cost us £750,” Dave said.
“This is a dying industry, we are trying to prolong it as long as we can.
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“In order to raise funds we have now sold the land, and they will be our landlord.
“As part of that deal we are currently putting a £25,000 fence around the venue – we would not have been able to afford to do that on our own.
“Until this point it has always been completely open. We have an outside drinking area and grounds but this is always abused.
“At one point there was a man camping here… one morning we even had a dead body.
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