Police slammed for failing to keep lid on crime in 'terrible' neighbourhood

The damage caused to the car belonging to a member of Paul Young's family
The damage caused to the car belonging to a member of Paul Young's family

POLICE are failing to keep knife crime and vandalism under control in a Swindon neighbourhood, a resident has claimed.

Toothill man Paul Young criticised the force after a family member's car was allegedly targeted by yobs, who smashed the rear windscreen and the left rear window.

The vehicle was vandalised in Edington Close between 10pm and 3am overnight on April 19.

Mr Young said it was the fourth time in two-and-a-half years that he had been targeted.

Now the 35-year-old says he is fed up with the inability of police to deal with criminal activity.

He said: “We’ve been in Toothill for 12 years and it’s terrible.

"I was in another road and there was major drug dealing, stabbings and assaults for a good five years and the police did nothing.

“It was well monitored by residents and police but nothing done - all empty promises and then too late as the police miss their chances.

“The police can never do anything without CCTV footage.

“No one should suffer like this and also have to fork out money to keep replacing windows and wing mirrors when these horrible people things its fun to damage other people’s property.”

In response to the claims, Wiltshire Police have sought to reassure residents of Toothill.

Sgt Andy Poole said: “We are sorry to hear of the concerns raised by Mr Young and understand how frustrating it is to be a victim of repeated crime.

“We take all such reports extremely seriously and we would encourage victims to report crimes to us either by calling 101 or reporting online so that we can work to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.

“In terms of the wider concerns of policing in the Toothill area - we would like to assure residents that a great deal of effort is put into making sure that Toothill is a safe place to live and work.

“We have a dedicated Community Policing Team who are active in the area, working with the residents, community leaders and partner organisations to prevent crime and tackle the root causes of offending.”