Widow's special garden targeted by estate yobs

THE destruction of a lasting tribute to a loving husband has been blamed on a notorious group of youngsters. Pensioner Anne Riney, of Grasmere Drive, Weston, has tended to the display planted in her garden by her late husband Michael every day. The perfec

THE destruction of a lasting tribute to a loving husband has been blamed on a notorious group of youngsters.Pensioner Anne Riney, of Grasmere Drive, Weston, has tended to the display planted in her garden by her late husband Michael every day. The perfectly round shrubs were planted 15 years ago.But last week, she witnessed a group of youths who residents say have constantly abused, vandalised and intimidated people living on part of the Bournville estate tear the shrubs apart.Police officers have vowed to crack down on the youths and are investigating the incident. Beat officer Matthew Pearce has been deployed to deal with the case.Anne says her elderly neighbour died recently after spending months without leaving her home because she was too afraid of the youngsters. She says everyone knows who the troublemakers are and that they are a small, antisocial proportion.The shrubs were destroyed on Wednesday (May 2) after 63-year-old Anne spent an entire day tending them with a friend.Anne, who has lived on the estate her entire life, said: "The shrubs were in complete balls and we had spent all day working on them and they have just been destroyed."They were planted 15 years ago and I look after them every day."These kids go around jumping into gardens and breaking things and they just don't care. They scare people. The lady below me died in her home and never left it because she was too scared."Sgt Gareth Starr, head of the police's South Ward Community Focus Team, said he would be making sure his officers investigated the situation and encouraged people to report any crimes as soon as possible to the police on 0845 456 7000.


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