A PENSIONER who claims she cannot leave her house in the evening for fear of being attacked has spoken out against her tormentors.
Constance Nuttall, 67, of Elizabeth Street, Accrington, claims that gangs of youths and grown men gather regularly at the top of her street to cause damage to her property and that of her neighbours.
In the past two years she claims they have:
o Completely destroyed the reputation of the area.
o Broken living room windows at a number of properties.
o Broken wing mirrors off cars.
o Made young and elderly residents alike scared to go out.
o Littered the streets.
o Attempted to break into her house on many occasions by trying to kick down her door while she has been at home.
Ms Nuttall said: “I have lived in this house for more than 20 years and things have never been as bad as they are today.
Once, if you lived in Spring Hill you were considered posh – but not any more. Gangs of youths have completely destroyed the reputation of this area for absolutely nothing.”
The retired Hilden Manufacturing worker and a number of her neighbours have approached gang members to ask them to move on but feel their reaction is so unpredictable they are safer to stay inside and put up with the abuse.
Spring Hill ward councillor Pam Barton said: “Residents in any area should not have to put up with this behaviour. The main problem in Spring Hill is a number of landlords rent out their properties without checking their tenants’ suitability first.
“The police are fantastic and I would recommend anyone who is suffering to contact them first and then myself. In my experience I have found when we work closely with the police, we can track down these gangs and put a stop to the trouble.”
Ms Nuttall said: “There is no way I would even nip out to the shop at teatime because I am scared of bumping into them. They sit outside the shops drinking until they decide to ‘play’. Someone needs to put an end to it because it’s not just older residents like myself who are afraid but younger couples also avoid them because they are so intimidating.
“We have all reported incidents to the police but, like they say, without catching them in the act it’s very hard to pinpoint who is doing this.”
Spring Hill community beat manager, Leonna Hopkinson, said: “We are constantly looking out for problems like this and will be looking into this matter further.”
Anyone with concerns or information can contact the Spring Hill neighbourhood policing team on 353103 or Councillor Barton on 07792 298545.