OAP homes under attack

PENSIONERS are calling for a bigger police presence on weekend nights in Nailsea in a bid to stop drunken yobs vandalising their homes on the way back from the pub

PENSIONERS are calling for a bigger police presence on weekend nights in Nailsea in a bid to stop drunken yobs vandalising their homes on the way back from the pub.People living in Ashton Crescent and Vale End say they are fed up with revellers using their streets as a short cut home and attacking their properties, smashing garages and ripping up their gardens in the early hours.So far residents have seen walls smashed down, garage doors damaged and traffic cones thrown onto cars.Pots from gardens have also been picked up and smashed across the road.Fed-up Gloria Hughes, aged 68, said: "The problems seem to occur between midnight and 3am when the pubs and clubs kick out."One of our neighbours has had to replace their garage door because the yobs tried to pull it off its hinges and another had all his fence posts ripped out."Rubbish bags have also been emptied and the litter thrown all over the place and the coping stones knocked off the walls."It is not very nice for us to have to live with."We are pensioners and many of the people who live in this area are older than us. They are very frightened when these type of incidents happen late at night."Mrs Hughes said some residents were too frightened to report incidents to police, but those who had felt little action had been taken.She added: "What we need is police to increase their patrols of the area so they can catch the culprits in action."Residents also raised their concerns with Nailsea Local Action Team which reported the matter to police.LAT chairman John Hunter said: "We are urging people to report all incidents such as this so police can build up evidence to where problems are happening and then target them."North Somerset Police Sector Inspector Steve Date said: "We are aware of incidents and as a result have leafleted the area urging residents to report any problems to the police."We have also increased patrols of special constables and officers in the area on Friday nights and will continue to monitor the situation."We are very keen for residents to report all incidents so we can build up a picture of what is happening and see if there is a pattern to it.


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