Police say residents of Ústí slum living in appalling conditions

The deputy head of Ústí nad Labem’s police force has confirmed that dozens of residents at a slum block in the city’s Sklářská street are living in veritable filth and appalling hygienic conditions. Photographs reveal a huge courtyard between buildings which has turned into a de facto dump by locals. Garbage piled high includes countless boards, plastic items, mattresses and other items.

According to the deputy head of the police, items in the impromptu junk yard catch fire several times a week. The surrounding buildings have several owners, the Czech News Agency learned, who allegedly accepted rent but then failed to pay, for example, the utility for water. One resident said he and his family paid almost 9,000 per month in rent.