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Disabled man's yobs misery

PUBLISHED: 10:34 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 July 2010

A disabled man who hoped to enjoy a quiet retirement in Hopton says his life is being made a misery by anti-social behaviour.

David Jenkins says he has endured constant harassment and abuse from yobs during the two years he has been living in the village.

A disabled man who hoped to enjoy a quiet retirement in Hopton says his life is being made a misery by anti-social behaviour.

David Jenkins says he has endured constant harassment and abuse from yobs during the two years he has been living in the village.

The 60 year old had moved from north London with wife Brenda, 54, to escape the stress and strains of urban life.

But groups of tearaway children and teenagers regularly intimidate retired builder Mr Jenkins and his neighbours in Ives Way.

Many older residents are too frightened to confront their tormentors, some of whom are as young as four.

Mr Jenkins said: “We didn't have half as much trouble when we lived in London - it is such as shame, this is a beautiful little village, but some irresponsible people around here want to destroy it.

“A number of kids are just allowed to run amuck and their parents don't seem care about it. If you complain about the children's behaviour they just get aggressive.

“The youngsters bang on windows, climb fences and throw objects at cars and have stolen ornaments from gardens.

“There is often music blaring throughout the night and groups of adults have been outside until the early hours of the morning drinking. It is just a minority causing the trouble but they are making decent people's lives a misery.”

“I caught them trying to break into an empty house on the estate, they go in when the police come round, but after they have gone it all starts up again.

Grandfather of seven Mr Jenkins has severe mobility problems and suffers from emphysema and osteoarthritis.

A meeting was held this week between members of the local Police Safer Neighbourhood Team and Suffolk Heritage housing association, which owns the properties in Ives Road to discuss the problem.

Police are trying to arrange another meeting with Suffolk Heritage and residents to tackle the issue.

Mr Jenkins says he has made numerous complaints to Suffolk Heritage about the anti-social behaviour, but nothing has been done to deal with it.

“When I raised the issue with Suffolk Heritage, they tell me I am the only one complaining, which is totally untrue. It seems they don't want to confront the troublemakers and just brush it all under the carpet.

“The problem is there are many other people who are affected but are too frightened to do anything about it.”

No-one was available for comment from Suffolk Heritage at the time of going to press.

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