Prisoners in their own homes

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Prisoners in their own homes thumbnailCouncillor William McCandless. CC42-44s

TEENAGE gangs are "terrorising" Coleraine town centre residents who are virtual prisoners in their own homes after darkness falls.
That's the shocking claim from a disabled pensioner targeted by youths setting off fireworks on Friday night who shouted abuse, spat at him and tried to force entry to his property.
The man, who is in his 60s and relies on painkillers to relieve his arthritis, was yesterday (Monday) having covert security cameras installed after boarding up his letter-box to prevent fireworks being pushed through.
Amid fears of reprisals, he does not want to be identified but spoke to The Chronicle yesterday (Monday) in the hope that his story will prevent further late-night disturbances.
He said: "This has been going on for months now. I don't go out at night anymore and my elderly neighbours don't venture out either. They are too terrified to leave their own homes.
“At around 11.30pm on Friday I was disturbed by a crowd of youths letting off fireworks. I went upstairs and was filming them with my mobile phone when they spotted me and started shouting obscenities.
“One tried to climb onto a canopy above my front door and spat at me; he was only a few feet away. They threatened me and kicked my front door; fortunately they didn't manage to get in."
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