RECKLESS yobs left a grandmother in tears after they went on a destructive rampage.
About 15 youths wearing hoodies caused havoc by throwing stones and eggs at buildings in Easington Lane, and destroying residents’ property.
Beatrice Clough, 58, of Thames Street, said she was terrified when she saw the gang ripping down her 6ft high garden fence.
“I was petrified,” she said. “It’s a disgrace.
“They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it.”
Beatrice’s garden fence protects her summer house, trampoline, shed and Christmas lights from the street.
“I put a lot of time and effort into my garden,” she said. “I’ve had stuff pinched before, but this has never happened.
“I’ve just put my Christmas lights up, and I’ve been asked to collect donations for Help For Heroes when people come and look at them.
“The fence is irreplaceable, because I can’t get insurance because of building subsidence.
“I’ve got to pay for another one that I can’t afford.”
The destruction, which took place between 8pm and 9pm last Wednesday, also scared Beatrice’s family.
The mum of one lives with son Peter, 32, grandson Karl, 18, and his girlfriend Courtney, 16.
“Courtney came into my room and told me she could hear them throwing stones at the window,” she said.
“I looked out of the blinds and I could see them with their hoods up.
“I made her reach up and close the window – I couldn’t do it because I’ve got a bad back.”
Beatrice, who has recently had surgery on her lungs, is waiting to go in for an operation to correct a collapsed spinal canal.
“The stress is no good for me when I’m ill,” she said. “My neighbour said she didn’t hear anything.
“Someone else must have heard, but no one will say anything.
“I’ve lived here for 30 years and I’ve never experienced anything like this.”
Police are appealing for people to come forward and help find those responsible.
Neighbourhood Inspector Lisa Musgrove said: “We’re aware of concerns around antisocial behaviour in Easington Lane, and have made it a priority to tackle it.
“This type of behaviour can be intimidating and cause concern among some people, in particular those who are more vulnerable.
“Officers have been paying more attention to the area, carrying out regular patrols to prevent any antisocial behaviour and reassure residents.
“Anyone who is concerned can either speak to an officer on patrol or contact the neighbourhood policing team on 101 ext 69191.”