Coun­cil­lor fear as win­dow smashed by ‘hor­rid cow­ards’

Woman be­lieves she is cam­paign vic­tim

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JOANNE WARNOCK

A “SHAKEN and jumpy” politi­cian fears she is the tar­get of an es­ca­lat­ing cam­paign af­ter a win­dow of her home was smashed in the mid­dle of the night.

Aberdeen­shire coun­cil­lor Gil­lian Owen was asleep when a large plant pot was thrown through the porch of her house in El­lon – dam­ag­ing a gift she re­ceived from Theresa May.

The out­spo­ken ed­u­ca­tion com­mit­tee chair­man said the at­tack, which is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the po­lice, was the most se­ri­ous in a six-month cat­a­logue of abuse, in­clud­ing glass be­ing put un­der her car tyres.

“The be­hav­iour seems now to be es­ca­lat­ing,” she said.

“I can’t quite be­lieve lo­cal peo­ple could do some­thing so hor­rid.”

Gor­don MP Colin Clark “This at­tack is de­plorable and cow­ardly. Gil­lian is a won­der­ful pub­lic ser­vant.”

A north-east coun­cil­lor has been left feel­ing “shaken and jumpy” af­ter a plant pot was thrown through her win­dow in what she be­lieves is an es­ca­lat­ing cam­paign against her.

Gil­lian Owen was wo­ken by the sound of smash­ing glass at 5am yes­ter­day and dis­cov­ered a large pot­ted plant in her porch and a smashed pane.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the at­tack on the El­lon home of the out­spo­ken Con­ser­va­tive chair­woman of the lo­cal au­thor­ity’s ed­u­ca­tion com­mit­tee.

Gor­don MP Colin Clark said it was a “de­plorable and cow­ardly” act.

Voic­ing her anger last night, Mrs Owen said she felt she was the vic­tim of a six-month cam­paign of abuse by “un­known in­di­vid­u­als”.

First elected as a coun­cil­lor in 2007, Mrs Owen said: “I’m bit­terly dis­ap­pointed that this has hap­pened.

“I work re­ally hard for El­lon and for this to hap­pen – well it’s just mind­less.

“It looks like they have tried at first with a small flower pot, but then had to find a much big­ger one to break the win­dow.

“The place is in such a mess – and it’s de­stroyed a plant that I in­her­ited from my grand­fa­ther.”

Ex­plain­ing that the fam­ily home has been un­der at­tack be­fore, Mrs Owen said she had re­sorted to phon­ing the po­lice “a few times” in the last six months.

She said: “We have had a lot of nui­sance be­hav­iour such as peo­ple ring­ing the door bell and then run­ning away, but also we found some bro­ken glass placed be­hind the wheels of my car.

“The be­hav­iour seems now to be es­ca­lat­ing.”

A po­lice spokes­woman con­firmed they had vis­ited Mrs Owen yes­ter­day about an al­leged act of van­dal­ism and that in­quiries were con­tin­u­ing.

Mrs Owen, who lives in the School­hill Road prop­erty with her hus­band and son, praised the quick re­sponse of the po­lice.

She com­mented: “The po­lice have been bril­liant, they were here within 15 min­utes. They took state­ments from all three of us.

“Alex said he had heard peo­ple run­ning off, but all I heard was the noise of the glass shat­ter­ing. I’ve been feel­ing jumpy all day.”

Mrs Owen hit the head­lines when she waded into a row about vis­it­ing teach­ers and claimed some of the spe­cial­ists’ work is lit­tle more than “kick­ing a ball” and “draw­ing”.

Pho­to­graph by Jim Irvine

SHAKEN: Gil­lian Owen has suf­fered a cam­paign of abuse – but is wor­ried the at­tacks are es­ca­lat­ing.

DAM­AGE: Coun­cil­lor Gil­lian Owen was awo­ken by glass smash­ing at around 5am

The sub­stan­tial plant pot

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