An ex-prisoner who wants to turn his life around has revealed what life is really like living on one of Wales’ most notorious, drug-ridden estates.
David Taylor says he vividly remembers being inside crack dens as a child and he started taking pills at the age of 13.
He’s spent a total of five years behind bars and is back living in Bettws in Newport, south-east Wales.
“Bettws has got its problems and it is a s**thole, but it is my s**thole,” he said, adding that he wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
The 28-year-old grew up in the “concrete jungle” – as some call it – with an alcoholic father and drug use