Mindless yobs target home of Sidmouth pensioner

PUBLISHED: 15:14 01 February 2011

Damaged wall-shs

Damaged wall-shs

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YOBS kicked down a brick wall down while twice targeting an innocent Sidmouth pensioner’s home.

YOBS kicked down a brick wall while twice targeting an innocent Sidmouth pensioner’s home.

The heartless acts have been branded “mindless” by police intent on catching the culprits.

Shirley Johnson, 75, has asked those responsible for two separate acts of late-night criminal damage to her Yarde Hill Orchard home to stop.

She told the Herald: “I think it’s dreadful - it’s a lack of respect.”

Police said this week such anti-social antics will not be tolerated and told residents to dial 999 if they spot any suspicious behaviour.

The brick wall that lines Shirley’s home has been battered by vandals and left in tatters twice in a month.

“The first time they knocked one part down and a fortnight later the same thing happened again on another,” said Shirley, “the wall had been there for 50 years.

“I’m sure it would upset some people tremendously. I don’t let things like that get me down. I’d like it to stop. I’d sooner people like that weren’t in the area.

“I’ll have to get the wall replaced and when I do I fear they will start on someone else’s. It’s happened in a minor way with another neighbour.”

The latest incident took place between 11pm and 11.55pm on Saturday, January 15. PCSO Alex Powe said: “This mindless anti-social behaviour is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.

“I would advise all residents to report anti-social behaviour by ringing 999 immediately.”

Anyone with any information can contact police on 08452 777 444, crime reference: KS/11/26.


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