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Frightened residents living in terror as homes and property are targeted

Published date: 05 September 2014 |
Published by: Romilly Scragg 
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ELDERLY residents are living in terror due to repeated attacks on their homes and property.

At least five cars in Larch Way, Saltney, including the town mayor’s, have had paint stripper thrown over them.

Tyres have also been slashed and vehicles scratched. House windows have had rocks thrown through them and dog faeces has been aimed at homes.

Yesterday, North Wales Police issued an appeal for witnesses to come forward to help apprehend those responsible.

Maureen Potts, 77, whose husband Fred has had paint stripper thrown over his car, said the health of residents was suffering.

“This has been going on for more than two years,” she said. “It’s making us all ill. None of us are sleeping.

“We’re awake all night listening. We haven’t got any rest because we’re wondering what’s going to happen.”

Homes in neighbouring Douglas Place, Park Avenue, Saltney Ferry Road and the nearby Ewart Street have also been targeted, but the majority of incidents have taken place in Larch Way.

“At least five cars have been paint-strippered,” said Mrs Potts. “It’s happened to all of us. We’ve all been through it and we’re all elderly.
I’ve been here 35 years and I’ve never had any problems before this. Nobody has had any problems.”

Mrs Potts said cars had been scratched and one woman had had the tyres on her car slashed five times.

Another neighbour, who did not want to be identified, had her lounge window smashed on Tuesday for the third time in six months.

”I only had it replaced about three weeks ago,” she said. “I had my little niece staying with me. She’s only seven.

“On the first occasion, a brick broke the double-glazed window but didn’t go all the way through.

“The second time, when I came in the lounge there was a huge boulder by the television. It must have just missed it. There was glass everywhere.

“What would have happened if any of the kids were watching TV?” If it goes through while they’re there, it could kill them.”

Another Larch Way resident, Peggy Meredith, 84, has had dog faeces thrown at her windows, plant pots destroyed and all the plants in her garden killed.

She said most people were too scared to come forward and say anything.

“They’re frightened about getting their cars done and they don’t want any more trouble,” she said.

“But it’s worse than a nightmare and we want it to stop.”

Other incidents include cushions from garden furniture being tied to windscreen wipers of cars, house doors and windows being banged and flashlights being shone directly into homes.

Saltney mayor Cllr Alan Evans, who lives in Larch Way and whose car was written off after being attacked with paint stripper, said many residents were too scared to go out alone.

“One lady’s talking about moving,” he said. “Everyone’s frightened.”

North Wales Police inspector Dave Jolly said: “We are aware of the ongoing concerns regarding incidents of criminal damage in and around Saltney.

“Together with our council partners, we have worked with the residents to address their concerns and a local male is subject to an exclusion order obtained directly as a result of information provided by witnesses. All incidents reported to North Wales Police have been thoroughly investigated and any forensic opportunities have been explored.

“I would urge anyone who has information which would enable the police to apprehend the person or persons responsible to make contact with us on 101 or anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

For more news from across the region visit newsnorthwales.co.uk

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