Preston’s Mayor has condemned the teenage yobs who smashed a pensioner neighbour’s window and car when they ran amok on his street.
A gang of youths pelted Joyce and Bill Alty’s home on Moss Avenue, Ashton, with stones, cracking a downstairs window and their grandaughter Jacky’s car windscreen.
Coun Carl Crompton said there was no reason why the home of his neighbours, who are in their 70s, had been targeted but said there had been ongoing problems with youths using the street as a cut-through from Savick to Ashton Park.
He added: “There are youths that seem to be running riot.
“One property has a driveway full of stones and there are kids that think it’s great to throw them at each other.
“On this occasion, there must have been about 12 of them running down and throwing things.
“It’s the second time this lady has had a window broken.
“They seem to think they are maybe coming from Savick and going to Ashton Park.
“Every time they come past, they run down like a herd of cattle. The police came round and said they will step up patrols.”
Coun Crompton has also installed CCTV cameras at his home to try to capture the culprits on film.
The incident happened about 6.25pm on Thursday, when the Altys’ grand-daughter Jacky was at home with her grandparents. The yobs damaged the windscreen of the student teacher’s Peugeot 206 as well as the house window.
Jacky, 25, said the incidents were very stressful for her grandparents. She added: “We can’t understand it.”
One of the youths, aged about 15, wore a black puffa-style jacket and backpack. Call Lancashire police on 101.
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