‘Thugs’ ha­rass el­derly woman

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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.

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