Mum appeals for help to combat abuse from thugs

A MOTHER who claims she has endured three years of abuse from yobs is appealing for more help from police and council officers.

Dee Courtney, of The Fillance, Bassingbourn, says she and her family have reported 15 incidents of anti-social behaviour to police going back to 2007.

The mum of two says her house and car have been targeted by thugs, who have vandalised her property and shoved fireworks through her letterbox.

She said: “We’ve had another incident this week and I’m getting fed up with it. In the past they’ve put fireworks through my letter box and covered my car with curry, and tried to get into my back garden.

“I’m really worried about the effect this is having on my children. They’re worried to go out in the streets because they are scared they might be attacked by these thugs.”

Council housing tenant Miss Courtney, whose children are 12 and 15, says she is disappointed with the support she has received from South Cambs District Council.

“They don’t seem to want to do anything to help me protect my home and their property,” she said. “All they tell me is that I can pay to have security work done myself, which is very expensive.”

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Miss Courtney had a meeting with local PCSO John Coppard this week in a bid to address some of her concerns.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Police said: “We are aware of these incidents and have been conducting investigations to trace those responsible.

“We are in regular contact with the victim and have offered her security advice, and are now looking into ways of preventing future incidents.”

A spokesman for South Cambridgeshire District Council said they had visited Miss Courtney, and had “worked closely with the police to monitor the situation.”

She added: “We have given Miss Courtney advice on various deterrent measures, including offering to carry out work to prevent anyone posting unwanted items through her door.

“During our visit, Miss Courtney agreed to contact us to arrange a convenient time for the work to be carried out.

“After the meeting we had no further contact from Miss Courtney until May 19, when she reported another incident.

The police are investigating, and at the moment, we can do no more than repeat our previous offer to help secure her home.”