A Consistent Failure to Accept Responsibilty for Anything

The Red House Estate at High Etherley in County Durham has a reputation across the locality for excessive levels of criminality and anti-social behaviour well in excess of the realities of what has been happening on the ground. Regular Community Safety surveys in the largely rural area in which it is located have revealed that fear of crime far outstrips levels of actual crime within the community in terms of its overall impact on local residents. One of the reasons why this is so revolves around the fact that most of the crime that is carried out is the responsibility of a hard core minority of criminal families, whose network of contacts within the power structure has meant that in a large number of cases they have been allowed to continue with what they are doing while the Forces of Law and Order effectively turn a blind eye.

One such individual, who was recently incarcerated, for his part in a serious disturbance that took place in Etherley Cricket Club at the end of 2012, is Michael Dunn, aka Michael Tray. For years Michael Tray has been part of a group of professional criminals and genuine all round nuisances who have controlled much of the low level drug dealing in and around Red Houses. Their involvement in the theft and reselling of scrap metal is also well known. And, in spite of the fact that both he and his oft times dancing partner, Daniel Slack, were caught engaging in those self same activities during the early summer of 2008, offences for which they were subsequently convicted, a situation that should have resulted in legal action being taken against them by Teesdale Housing Association, nothing of any consequence was ever done about it at the time.

The fact that the Housing Association failed to take responsibility for this was to result in a number of other, law abiding, residents being forced to seek alternative accommodation elsewhere; in spite of being the ones who were more often than not in greater housing need than those who appear to have been tormenting them. Again, Susanne Bellas, the former Housing Officer with Teesdale Housing Association responsible for dealing with such matters appears to have been as much to blame as anyone; as a series of  sound files presently lodged with Clark Willis Law Firm of Darlington, consisting of a number of telephone conversations between herself and a resident of Red Houses, who had been suffering continual harassment from Tray for a period of several years at the time that this recording was made, would seem to provide ample testament.

Similarly, the embedded video file at the top of this page  shows the kind of activities in which Tray has been accustomed to indulge for years on Red Houses, with very little to show for it but a handful of largely insignificant harassment warnings which, if anything, only serve to increase his standing amongst the criminal element with which he associates. Whether it be following people around the estate in the fashion that you see here in an attempt to frighten them, or else walking past their living room window staring into their flat, house or bungalow, this is the sort of thing that Tray has been allowed to get away with for years; whilst anybody else would have been punished for it straight away.

So how is it that someone like Tray can have been allowed to get away with what he has clearly been allowed to get away with for so long? Many of the people for whom he has created problems in and around the village where he lives are of the opinion that he has inside knowledge of certain corrupt relationships between certain Police Officers, former Police Officers, and their families who have well established and proven connections with Etherley Cricket Club which can be traced back more than a decade. As to whether or not this is genuinely the case remains to be seen.

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3 thoughts on “A Consistent Failure to Accept Responsibilty for Anything

  1. I know you’re busy, but I wonder during the course of your corruption busting duties, have you come across anything to do with Persimmon Homes building houses in Newfield DH2 (chester le street) and the total lack of care and due diligence of Durham CC in looking after the residents of the village. Persimmon homes appears to be allowed to ride roughshod over the residents and ignore regulations, go back on promised improvements. There are even rumours of links to the Roseberry Comprehensive school closure, and the nice bit of land it stands on.

  2. Believe me Cleveland Police are the Worst at failure given the Corrupt Criminal mayor admitted 15 Criminal offences and was Promoted to Zero Tolrance mayor,What a Freek of nature. swinson dead,frank cook mp dead,andrew mcdonaldmp,all accused,all linked to corruption,all paid with penbsions,all part of the same authority.
    The UK Worst Corrupt Police Case. There Trying to Remove it.
    They blocked it From All Middlesbrough Websites.
    Judges Involved
    CPS Involved.
    Defence solicitors Involved.
    Court Staff Involved.
    Royal Courts of justice involved.
    https://neilscott1.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/cleveland-police-corrption-still-exists-and-ipcc-help-it-at-burglary-conviction/ now the Town Owes me 2 Million and they Won’t Pay up.

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