Vandal attack forces mum and daughter to leave Sunderland home

Rachael Fletcher, of Waller Terrace, Houghton, with one of her damaged windows.
Rachael Fletcher, of Waller Terrace, Houghton, with one of her damaged windows.
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A MUM and her young daughter have been out of their home for more than three weeks after eight of their windows were smashed by vandals.

Rachael Fletcher and her six-year-old daughter Abbie are staying with friends until housing provider Gentoo can replace the windows of their home in Waller Terrace, Houghton.

The 24-year-old wasn’t at home during the attack, which happened last month, but has been unable to return, fearing the broken windows could end up injuring her daughter.

She is upset that Abbie had to spend her birthday, which was on Friday, in someone else’s home and that the family have been unable to put up Christmas decorations.

Gentoo, which manages the property, has secured the windows, but Rachael, a stay-at-home mum, thinks they should have replaced them.

She said: “I wouldn’t have expected them to replace them the next day, but with having a five-year-old daughter, I had expected it to be done sooner. They have been out to measure the windows, but they still aren’t fixed.”

Gentoo deputy director Lucy Malarkey said: “We’re sorry to hear of the unfortunate damage to Miss Fletcher’s property. We were first made aware of this incident on November 23. This was treated as an emergency and the property was made secure and fit for living on the same day.”

The windows are all expected to be replaced this week. A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “At 11am on November 23, police were informed a window had been damaged at an address in Waller Terrace.

“Inquiries suggest marbles were thrown at the window.

“Police are carrying out inquiries and are asking anyone with any information to contact them on 101, quoting reference 481231113.”