Littleham mother installs CCTV to stop trouble

A WORRIED mother has taken the desperate measure of installing CCTV after a gang of yobs who have targeted her son threatened to pour petrol over him. The 54-year-old, who refused to be named in fear of reprisals, said she regular monitored a security sy

A WORRIED mother has taken the desperate measure of installing CCTV after a gang of yobs who have targeted her son threatened to pour petrol over him.

The 54-year-old, who refused to be named in fear of reprisals, said she regular monitored a security system set up in her home because her son had been bullied by a group of youths.

The care home worker, of Midway, Littleham, said she has had stones and eggs thrown at windows as well as rubbish thrown around her property and a recycling bin set on fire.

Police are now in the process of gaining evidence for applications to issue anti-social behaviour orders in Littleham and have made the area a dispersal zone in an attempt to lessen the amount of trouble.


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The woman said her son had a number of health problems and lived with her full-time.

"I've lived in this area since 1991 and never known the trouble to be as bad as what it has been recently.

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"Because my son has got health problems, the gang have latched onto that and picked on him. He's been called terrible names and one threatened to pour fuel over him.

"We've had CCTV and a security light installed to deter such behaviour and it gives him peace of mind for when I'm at work.

"You can't let these people get away with what they do and it's not right to live in fear.

"Why should a group of youths be allowed to humiliate people?

As reported in last week's Exmouth Journal, George Johnson, of Liverton Close, said the youths were making Littleham residents' lives 'hell'.

But, the woman said since the section 30 dispersal order had been put in place and news police were working to issue ASBOs, it had been quieter in the area in the last week.

Still living on a nervous edge, however, she added: "If you hear anything in the night, your ears prick up and I go and check on the CCTV.

"My concern now is whether these people are going to try and find ways around the police measures and what will happen when the order is rescinded.

David Green, 31, who lives in Midway, helped the woman install the CCTV and also has a similar system in his home.

"Between 11pm and 3am at night they treat the place as a playground and don't respect anything.

"They have used the front of my car as a slide and have damaged my wife's car.

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