Great-grandad 'forced to guard property' as yobs 'make lives a misery' at north Hull sheltered bungalows
FRAIL and elderly residents of sheltered housing in north Hull say their lives are being made a misery by a gang of yobs who have torched a car and pelted windows with eggs.
Great-grandfather John Chapman, who was speaking on behalf of others too frightened to be named, says up to 15 troublemakers have been seen wreaking havoc.
Some of the residents who lease bungalows in Hampston Close are in their late 80s and have health problems.
Retired taxi driver Mr Chapman, who moved into his bungalow with his wife in April, says he is forced to stay up late to "guard" his property from attacks.
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He said: "Enough is enough. Everyone in this close is sick of being intimidated.
"A week before Christmas my Ford Fiesta was torched.
"Many of us have also had eggs and footballs thrown at our windows.
"Someone even tried to mow my wife down outside our bungalow.
"No one feels safe around here. People feel really frightened in their own homes."
Mr Chapman, 62, who has mobility problems due to a muscle-wasting condition, has raised residents' concerns with police and Sanctuary Housing, which owns the bungalows.
He said: "This area has always had a bit of a reputation for being rough, but it's never been as bad as it is now."
A spokesman for Sanctuary Housing, a national housing association, said: "We are aware of problems to do with antisocial behaviour in the area and we are working closely with Hull Citysafe to address the concerns of tenants."
The spokesman said the tenants' quality of life is important and its staff are working closely with Humberside Police, Hull City Council and other agencies to tackle antisocial behaviour. He said: "We are taking this very seriously."
Justine Mortimer, Hull City Council's neighbourhood nuisance manager, said: "The neighbourhood nuisance team is working with Humberside Police, Sanctuary Housing, Mr Chapman and other residents in the area to address reports of antisocial behaviour."