Flint community stalwart left shaken after attack at home


Jamie Nield-Siddall

A COMMUNITY stalwart says he and his wife have been left shaken after being attacked at home.

Great-grandfather Alf Jones, of Albert Avenue, Flint, who previously served his community as a county councillor for more than 30 years, was pelted with eggs when he was in his back garden on Sunday.

Former mayor of Flint Mr Jones, who has lived at the home for 57 years with his wife Kathleen, 79, said they now feel intimidated.

Their daughter Carline Speed says the incident has frightened her.

The couple, who have two other children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, discovered back windows and the back door of their home “plastered with eggs” on Sunday morning.

While cleaning the mess more eggs were thrown - one hitting Mr Jones on the back.

“I was in the back garden cleaning the windows when they started throwing the eggs,” he said.“It was terrible.

“They were throwing them at the windows and one hit me on the back.

“I want them to leave us alone. - We haven’t done anything.”

Mr Jones who was also a magistrate in Flintshire for 23 years said he called the police following the pelting.

According to him:“This is the first time we have ever suffered anything like this since living here.

“It is intimidating.

“We are shaken by this - to be pelted with eggs at our age is not nice.”

Mother-of-three Carline said she has asked her parents to move house and said it was not the first time they had had trouble at home. She said her father was threatened “he would be punched in the mouth” while stood on his doorstep two years ago.

“To me it is really frightening because my dad is 81,” said Carline, 38.

“I have asked them to move now - but they won’t, they say ‘why should we?’

“As their daughter I am just really concerned.”

Mr Jones was chairman of Flintshire Council in 1997/98 and previously chairman of Clwyd Council in 1989/90.

A police spokesman said: “We received a call at 9.50am of complaints that eggs were being thrown at windows and one hit a man in the back as he was cleaning windows.

“Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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