Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Why This Couple Want Action on Problem of Anti-Social Behaviour

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Why This Couple Want Action on Problem of Anti-Social Behaviour

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Byline: JOHN SUTTON

TWO Teesside grandparents have told of how youths hurled a beer bottle at their home, smashing a window.

IT assessor Tony Gilkes caught the vandals on camera and sent the video to the Evening Gazette, where it can be seen now on our website.

Tony, 67, and wife Linda, 54, say they have been the victims of anti-social behaviour for many years.

They say their home on Birkhall Road, Thorntree, Middlesbrough, has been deliberately targeted by youths, who have broken windows and caused so much damage to two cars insurers were forced to write-off the vehicles.

Tony said: "This incident with the beer bottle happened just before 9pm on January 4. "I was sitting in the living room and it just came smashing into the window. It didn't go all the way through though - it just broke one pane of the double glazing" Tony said Linda was shaken by the attack. She wasn't in the room at the time, but if she'd been sat in her usual place on the sofa and the bottle went right through, she could have been seriously hurt.

The video footage was taken by a CCTV camera the Gilkes installed outside their home in order to provide evidence of the thuggery they are subjected to.

In 2007 they were taken to court by landlords Erimus, who received complaints from neighbours about the couple's CCTV cameras - they agreed not to point the recording devices at neighbouring properties.

Now Tony is calling on the police, Erimus Housing, who own his property, and other social services to co-operate more in the war against anti-social behaviour.

He said: "I want this problem to be tackled, not just in my neighbourhood but everywhere.

"There should be more co-operation between the agencies, and they should get out there and talk to people a bit more."

Susie Thompson, group director of operations for Fabrick, the parent company of Erimus Housing, said: "There is already excellent partnership working between Erimus Housing, the police and the local authority. …

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