Barrow couple claim they were forced to sell home to escape yob gang
Last updated at 16:09, Friday, 03 January 2014
A Barrow couple claim they were forced to sell their home to escape a gang of yobs after police failed to help them.
Derek and Carol Morris said their lives were made a misery as they suffered 12 months of nightly torment by a sometimes 30-strong crowd of youngsters.
The 55-year-old moustached security guard said he had his car blocked in by the gang as he tried to get to work as they shouted “sieg heil” and “heil Hitler”.
After a year of hell they decided to sell their house in Macadam Street, Barrow, at a £20,000 loss and move to a rented house in Hindpool.
Both now suffer from depression and Mr Morris, who works at Kimberley-Clark, has been diagnosed as suffering from trauma and lost a stone in weight.
They claim they made more than 20 complaints to police but they weren’t taken seriously.
Police say they did all they could to help.
The couple said at one point they tried to film the youths but were accused of being “paedophiles.”
Mrs Morris, 51, who works in Asda, said: “We moved in and had a 10-year plan to do the house up and it would be there for our retirement. We spent about £20,000 refurbishing it and sold it for £350 less than we bought it for. We moved in and it was on our second or third night that it started. They were outside playing football and it was hitting the house. We asked them if they would move up a bit and it just escalated from there. Every night there was something. They sat on our windows, egged the house and swore at us in the street.
“Once when Derek was going to work they stood in the middle of the road and wouldn’t let him drive past.”
Mr Morris said: “We rang the police but that didn’t stop them at all. We really felt as if they thought it was our fault. We ended up going to (Furness MP) John Woodcock. The letter we got back (from the police) just wasn’t satisfactory at all. They just kept telling us there would be an ending but 12 months later we were still going through it.
“I told one officer about the kicking of the ball against the wall. He said they couldn’t do anything as it is our national sport.”
His wife added: “I used to have to sit with the lights off when I was in on my own but they soon cottoned onto that and started banging on the windows.
“We didn’t want to leave and we were determined to stay but we were getting ill because of it.”
A Cumbria police spokesman said: “We take all reports of anti-social behaviour very seriously and work hard to keep our local communities a safe and pleasant place to live.
“We did receive less than 20 separate reports from a man living in Barrow, and tried to work with him to resolve his concerns of anti-social behaviour. Cumbria police worked closely with partner agencies to try to understand this individual’s issues, which were not corroborated.
“Personal contact was made following each report, a Street Safe event took place to speak to local residents and three separate letter drops were made to gain as much information as possible about any concerns that residents in the area had and no problems were reported. Some young people have been found to be playing ball games against walls, but other than that no other anti-social behaviour was identified.
“We urge anyone with any concerns about anti-social behaviour to get in touch with Cumbria police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, and, as this case demonstrates, we will do everything possible to resolve the situation.”
First published at 14:42, Friday, 03 January 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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I was crying with laughter at the1945 v 2014 post!! sooooooo true!! and I am not even a 1945-er!
Mr or Mrs A Reader. (just have to love people that cant use their names?)
I can assure you I am not part of this problem, (to old to be playing football in the street). I have however encountered this kind of community problem. and was able to solve the same by talking to the youths with apathy. a very simple request to please enjoy yourselves, with what ever games they are keeping themselves occupied with at the time. I suggested they continue their pastime in the back street and no-one would have a problem. they picked up their belongings and disappeared into the back street. they continued to enjoy themselves for months without any upset. life can be so very simple when the human race can turn their attention to good old fashioned courtesy. but as George informs all readers " I live in cookoo land" so may be if problems can be solved so very quickly in "cookoo land" you should try it and live a very peaceful life. we create mountains for mole hills by anger and not love towards our fellow human beings.
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