'An amazing community of caring people' - love pours in for Sheffield estate named as one of UK's most crime-plagued neighbourhoods

Parson Cross was named as one of the nation's hotspots for antisocial behaviour
Parson Cross was named as one of the nation's hotspots for antisocial behaviour
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Proud residents have continued to stand up for a troubled Sheffield estate after it was named one of the nation's most crime-ridden areas.

When a report named Parson Cross as a hotbed of antisocial behaviour, those living there leapt to its defence.

Katie Fields and her son Lewis Parkin praised the community in Parson Cross for rallying around after he was seriously injured in a car crash

Katie Fields and her son Lewis Parkin praised the community in Parson Cross for rallying around after he was seriously injured in a car crash

Now one mum's moving tale of how the community pulled together to replace presents stolen from her son's bedroom as he lay seriously injured in hospital has prompted a further outpouring of love for the 'ace' neighbourhood.

Writing on The Star's Facebook page, Sonia Gregory said: "I lived in S5 for many years. Moved away for a bit and moved back this year. It's the best place to be."

Sarah Naylor commented: "I moved onto Parson Cross four years ago from Arbourthorne and have had no issues. You get the odd thug and kids argue but it's nothing like they make out."

Jan Thompson wrote: "True Parson Cross folk are ace. It's the sketty wannabe gangster nobodies who spoil it but they do in all areas not just here."

Laura Simpson told how she grew up around Norton Lees and bought a cheap ex-council flat in Parson Cross in 2010 which she planned to do up and sell, having 'no intentions of living in an area with such a horrible reputation'.

" Seven years later I'm still here because I loved it so much I moved in myself," she said.

"As soon as we got the keys to the house we had neighbours knocking on the door to introduce themselves and ask if we needed anything.

"We had a car accident an someone down the road loaned us their car so we could get to work until we had ours back on the road. Such an amazing community of caring people."

She added that ironically the only time she had fallen victim to crime was when her car was broken into while it was parked outside her mum's house in the 'nice' side of the city.

Unsurprisingly, the article prompted a spot of postcode rivalry, with some Parson Cross folk quick to point out what they felt were really the city's worst neighbourhoods.

And some saw the funny side, like Eric Collins, who joked: "We are not antisocial. Anyone says different, I'll smash their face in, put their windows through and set fire to their car."

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