Shotton pensioners in terror siege by yobs


Romilly Scragg

A TRAUMATISED 91-year-old couple are recovering at home today after being caught in street fight crossfire.

A youth forced his way into Mary and Rowden Edge’s bungalow on Woodland Street in Shotton yesterday saying he had been knifed.

Neighbour Sandra Williams then raised the alarm when she saw three youths throwing stones at her neighbours’ home.

She went to check Mr and Mrs Edge were alright and the bloodied youth came to the door.

Mrs Williams had been ironing when she saw the youths throwing stones at the Edges’ property at about 4pm.

The front door was dented in the attack and plant pots smashed.

She shouted at them to stop, called to a neighbour to phone the police and raced over to check on the pensioners.

The youth answered the door. “I said: ‘What are you doing here?’ He was cut on his neck and arm and he said he needed somewhere to hide,” she said.

Mrs Edge said she had been sitting on a seat in the porch when a youth ran to the house and went in via the open front door.

“I just stood up,” she said. “I was standing next to him.”

When Mr Edge, who was inside watching the racing on television, saw the youth he told him to “Get Out”.

Mr Edge said: “The boy said ‘someone’s knifed me’ but I didn’t see a knife.”

Mrs Williams and her husband Tony stayed until the police arrived because they were afraid the youth “would make a run for it”.

Mr and Mrs Edge’s daughter, Jean Dolman, who arrived shortly afterwards with her husband Kevin and sister Yvonne Stewart, said her mother, a dementia sufferer, was crying when she arrived.

A spokesman for North Wales Police said: “We had a report of an assault on Woodland Street but on further investigation no further action was taken.”

Forensic staff were due to vist the Edges’ house last night.

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