Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Hunger Strike Is Drastic but I'm Prepared to Do It to Save My Children from This Nightmare

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Hunger Strike Is Drastic but I'm Prepared to Do It to Save My Children from This Nightmare

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Byline: By Joanne Parkinson

Desperate mum Kate Colquhoun has begun a hunger strike in a last ditch attempt to sort out years of trouble at the hands of thugs on her Tyneside estate.

Kate, 39, her husband Peter, 43, and their two children live in daily terror on Whitehorn Crescent on Newcastle's Cowgate estate, and have suffered more than 11 years at the hands of the estate's louts.

Six cars have been wrecked, fires have been started and yobs have even urinated through their letterbox.

But the family hoped their plight would come to an end after the Chronicle took civil servant Kate to meet Prime Minister Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street, who listened in horror to her story.

And just days after Mr Blair called for justice for "the decent law-abiding majority" at a conference in Bristol, beleaguered Kate has taken the extreme measure to hunger strike claiming her family's plight is being ignored.

Kate said: "Enough is enough. I'm close to a nervous breakdown and my children are terrified. I refuse to spend another summer with my family as prisoners in our own home behind bullet-proof windows.

"I realise this is a drastic and dangerous step to take but we are desperate and this is a way for me to take things into my own hands. I'll stick it out for 11 days, obviously my children still need a mother at the end of the day, but I am prepared to make myself very poorly if it means I will be able to save my children from this never-ending nightmare."

The family live sandwiched between two Asbo yobs and the glass in their windows has been replaced with bullet-proof plastic polycarbonate.

Kate suffered further heartache last month when she lost her unborn baby 10 weeks into the pregnancy. "Living in this state of fear our baby didn't stand a chance," she said.

When she met with Mr Blair she was assured her hell would end. But it can only be beginning as she puts her own life at risk.

She said: "I thought the meeting with Tony Blair might have been the light at the end of the tunnel after hitting dead ends everywhere else.

"But still there has been no action even though I know Tony Blair ordered reports from Newcastle City Council and Northumbria Police. …

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