Se­cu­rity fears as res­i­dent at­tacked

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By MATTHEW REVILLE matthew.reville@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @ET_REVILLE

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.”

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