Fri. Jan 14th, 2022

A mother of two fears for the safety of her family after a prolonged shower of abuse by property gangs.

Victoria Fairbridge, 28, lives in Enderby Gardens in Hemlington and has been subjected to harassment by teenage gangs since the Halloween weekend.

From throwing stones and pumpkins at her windows to threatening her family, the young people have made Victoria feel that she is no longer safe in the area where she has lived most of her life.

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A mother of a six-year-old with a newly diagnosed heart disease and an eight-year-old on the autistic spectrum, Victoria said the yobs have targeted her children as well as her since she asked them to leave her property.

Victoria said: “It all started just before Halloween, they started throwing things at the house and I kindly asked them to go so they didn’t disturb my kids.

“They started kicking me and told me they wanted to ‘knock the disabled out’ of my son and ‘cut off his head’.”

Victoria believes the group harassing her family is aged 12-16 and is always covered in scarves, balaclavas and dark clothes, making them almost impossible to identify and report.

She added: “Friday night was my son’s sixth birthday and we had to have people standing outside the house during the storm because the group again caused inconvenience and abuse of us.

“While he was in the bath on Sunday, they threw something against the window, which shattered the first pane, and he was horrified. A six-year-old should not be afraid to stay at home.”

Victoria, who was a full-time carer for her eight-year-old son, explained that she had to barricade parts of her house to prevent further damage.

She said: “We’ve had to put a trampoline, trash cans and chairs in front of the kitchen window so it does not get damaged. My fiancé Jack has started patrolling the streets around the house so the groups do not come near.

“The police have arrived several times, but the sirens always make the group scrape away.

“I live in the corner house on the street, so it’s an easy target for them, as they have several directions to run away in, and I can not afford CCTV, so it’s a completely blind spot.”



Jack Hobson with his walkie talkie, he stands guard outside his partner's property after she was recently abused by young people in Hemlington
Victoria’s partner Jack Hobson, 28, is on duty outside the property

In addition to her house, Victoria said groups of young people are ‘terrorizing’ houses across Hemlington and have even started abusing her neighbors.

She added: “I have lived in Hemlington almost all my life and it has never been so bad, we never used to create problems when I was growing up.

“My neighbor politely asked a group if they could walk away from our houses as they scare the kids, and she laughed. The abuse and the language that comes out of their mouths is utterly shameful.”

Victoria said she has been urged to leave her house and move somewhere else, but she explained that it is not that easy to do so.

She said: “Obviously the ideal situation would be to move home, but it is not easy.

“I am a single mother of two boys, one with a newly diagnosed heart disease and another with autism, so they need so much care. I can not afford private rent and I am not able to move elsewhere. hard.”

Victoria added that her children are too scared to leave the house or even play in the garden, and she described it as ‘really outrageous’ that her family is not able to just have a quiet night in front of the television without worrying about being targeted. by yobs.

Victoria has reported the incidents to her landlord, Thirteen Housing Group, and to Cleveland Police.

A joint statement from Cleveland Police and the Thirteen Group said: “Police have been working with local agencies, including the council and housing, to help tackle the issues that have been reported, including regular patrols in this area by local government street guards.

“There is ongoing work going on with partner agencies to resolve the issues and we will continue to encourage anyone who has been the victim of crime or antisocial behavior to report it to the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 . “

Kay Glew, Chief Operating Officer of Thirteen Housing Group, added: “The safety and security of our clients is extremely important to us and we have worked closely with Mrs Fairbridge and our community partners in the police and council to address the issues she has raised.”

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