Youths 'forcing' couple from their home

A DISABLED woman and her full-time carer husband say they are being driven out of their home by the constant harassment of abusive youths. They believe children as young as 11 are behind a series of anti-social behaviour, which has culminated in window

A DISABLED woman and her full-time carer husband say they are being driven out of their home by the 'constant harassment' of abusive youths.

They believe children as young as 11 are behind a series of anti-social behaviour, which has culminated in windows being smashed at the couple's home in Mallard Lane, St Neots.

The couple said they have also had eggs thrown at the house, stones thrown at them and abuse shouted at them in the street.

Speaking to The Hunts Post, the husband, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of further attacks, said the abuse had "been constant" for the past two years.

"We are always getting eggs thrown at our house and the kids even whack the windows with sticks to scare our cat. They throw stones and rocks at us when we go out and call my wife a 'cripple' and make fun of her."

The 33-year-old claims the abuse started since he and his wife moved to St Neots and it is now taking its toll on his wife's health.

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The wife, a former Huntingdon chef who is also 33, was left wheelchair bound after suffering kidney damage four years ago. Her husband is so concerned about her health that he has given up his job as a bar worker in Huntingdon to care for her.

"My wife is disabled and these attacks have led to her being diagnosed with depression," he said. "These kids are constantly harassing us. I am not scared for myself but I'm concerned about the health and safety of my wife."

The most recent attack saw vandals throw a brick through the lounge window.

Cambridgeshire police said the damage took place between 11.30pm and 11.50pm on Thursday, July 31. Just four days before, the same window was smashed overnight.

The couple said when they went out to inspect the damage, they were forced back into their home by youths who were throwing rocks.

Neighbours are said to have seen a group of children aged between 11 and 16 running away from the house shortly after the damage was caused.

Pc Steven Croft, who is investigating, said: "The incident has left the occupants of the house very distressed. "I would like to speak to anyone who saw this take place, or knows who did this."

The couple are hoping to find a new home and move out of the town.

The husband said: "We just want a quiet life but these vandals are making it a misery."

INFORMATION: Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Croft on 0845 4564564.

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