Security fears as resident attacked
A WORRIED resident in Peterborough is calling for more security after a spate of incidents in which householders have been attacked and property damaged.
In the most serious incident in Buckthorn Road, in Hampton Hargate, a man was set upon by a group of youths and punched and kicked to the floor.
Police say the man had been attacked after remonstrating with a youth he had seen urinating on his car.
But in other incidents over the last few months youths are also said to have broken into back yards, knocked on patio windows and stolen items from the gardens.
The most recent incident took place between 7pm on Wednesday and 6pm on Thursday, when a traffic cone was thrown at a parked car denting the bonnet.
Some residents feel the problems started when fencing near the homes was removed following the completion of an underpass leading to Dobbies Garden Centre in Serpentine Green.
Resident Lauren Linskey said: “As the fence is no longer there to protect us, all of our houses are completely vulnerable to being attacked by these youths.
“Since they built the pathway to Dobbies, we have experienced a lot of trouble. Quite frankly I think it’s disgusting that we are left so vulnerable, in what everyone expects to be a lovely area.
“It was a lovely area until the fence was taken away, that protected us.”
“I don’t feel safe to walk to Tesco at night, I don’t know where to park my car in fear of it being damaged.”
The O&H Hampton Ltd fence had been up for nine years, but was always only intended to be there temporarily. Roger Tallowin, general manager for O&H Hampton Ltd, said: “The fence was put up as a temporary barrier during construction work.
“That is no longer required. Public open spaces are by definition public and open. We will support any police investigations.”
Dobbies general manager Tony Cuthbert said: “We are keen to work with the council and the police in any way we can to help the community.”
Cambridgeshire police have appealed for any details from anyone who knows any of the alleged gang of youths.
A police spokesman said: “The assault took place at 11.30pm on January 14, when the victim saw a man urinating against his vehicle and went to remonstrate with the youngster.
“The suspect punched the victim, and a group of youths approached the scene and punched him in front of the house. He fell to the floor and received several blows to the head and upper body.
“A parked Chevrolet Matiz was attacked on Buckthorn Road between 7pm on Tuesday and 6pm on Wednesday this week.
“It was parked outside the front of a house and someone threw a traffic cone at the vehicle, causing a dent.”