Driven off the road by vandals

A COUPLE in Eaton Ford say their car has been vandalised at least once a month for the past three years - and in that time the husband has had two heart attacks. Anne and Paul, aged 58 and 54, who want to only use their first names as they are afraid of r

A COUPLE in Eaton Ford say their car has been vandalised at least once a month for the past three years - and in that time the husband has had two heart attacks.

Anne and Paul, aged 58 and 54, who want to only use their first names as they are afraid of reprisals, said they are now so fed up with the damage that they are planning to sell their car.

They believe the vandalism, which has seen other cars in St Neots Road damaged, is being caused by drunks walking home from a night out in St Neots

Paul told The Hunts Post: "It makes me so angry. It has been going on so long and happens when the idiots get paid. Last weekend, I moved my car across the road because they are not drunk when they walk into town and they seem to walk back along our side of the road - so it worked but I have had enough. I am going to sell the car and get on my bike."


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Anne said: "The last straw was during the week when I woke up at 1.30am to hear this terrible crash and when I looked outside, a bottle had been thrown at the wheels."

Paul added: "I've had the police round so often, the neighbours think I have been arrested. In April 2004, I collected signatures for a petition to the district council asking for CCTV and in 20 minutes I had 30 names within 100 yards of where we live."

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The couple, who have lived in the road for 10 years, said the attacks first damaged their Volkswagen Golf and now their 10-year-old Citroen Saxo.

Damage to their cars includes:

* Being "keyed".

* Damage with paint stripper.

* Wing mirrors and windscreen wipers torn off.

* Being jumped on.

* Front back and wing kicked in.

Paul said he has written to the council six times asking for CCTV on the road but the authority has said the street was not a problem area. In response to his last letter, he was sent an anti-social behaviour pack with instructions on how to keep a diary of the damage.

He said: "CCTV doesn't seem to deter people in St Neots town centre but at least it would give police something to look at after the event and provide a source of evidence."

Anne also claimed one couple in the street had moved home because of the vandalism.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire police said the couple had been advised to contact their local police community support officer.

The couple said they had tried but the officer was on a course.

A spokesman for Huntingdonshire District Council said: "There are no plans or funds to put a CCTV camera at that location. There is a mobile CCTV vehicle which is taken around the district as and where it's needed or for specific operations. It goes quite frequently to the St Neots area and will pass through that particular location quite often.

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