‘Thugs’ harass elderly woman
Police are investigating after a group of ‘‘thugs’’ allegedly abused a 90-year-old woman on her doorstep in Central Otago.
In a recent Facebook post on an Alexandra community Facebook page, a local woman said her former mother-in-law had had ‘‘people running around her house at night knocking on her windows’’, which had since escalated to verbal abuse.
‘‘Now its gone to thugs coming to her front door abusing her so badly the neighbours rang the police.’’
The door-knocking had been going on for some time, she said.
She warned of ‘‘bad things’’ happening in Alexandra and pleaded with residents to check on their elderly neighbours.
The woman was approached for comment.
Grey Power Central Otago president Margaret Hill said it would have been ‘‘very scary’’ for the woman involved.
Elder abuse was the focus of a recent AGM in Palmerston North, and she invited elderly people who were having problems to get in touch.
Alexandra-Clyde Neighbourhood Support charitable trust board chairwoman Ruth McNa-
been mara said instances like this had happened before over the years but were not common in Alexandra.
The first thing people should do was contact police and then ‘‘they could let us know’’ if they needed support, McNamara said.
She encouraged streets without Neighbourhood Support contacts to establish one so residents would be aware of suspicious behaviour in their area.
In a statement on Tuesday, Senior Sergeant Ian Kerrisk said police were aware of ‘‘people causing a nuisance’’ towards an elderly woman and had spoken with her and her family.
‘‘Anything of this nature, especially to our elderly residents, is upsetting and of concern to police.’’
The incident followed news a Huntly man resorted to building a concrete block wall around his home after he was continually tormented by neighbourhood kids.
Niraj Bahadur said last week he had been racially abused, and had rocks and other objects thrown through his window and against his house.
Anyone with information is asked to call Alexandra police on 03 440 2500 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.