'Relentless' stone-throwing turns residents into 'prisoners' in their own homes

Brushfield Avenue in Sileby
-Credit: (Image: Leicester Mercury)


Residents in a Leicestershire village feel like "prisoners in their own home” after stones and even bags of dog poo were thrown at their homes. Police officers in Charnwood reported that residential properties in Sileby, near Loughborough, were targeted by “youths” in a series of “distressing” incidents.

Residents in Brushfield Avenue have been targeted from the jitty behind their homes and one believes that a “catapult” could have been used. One parent said the "relentless" activity has left their 14-year-old daughter scared to sleep in her bedroom.

Another resident won’t sleep with her windows open for fear of the stones coming through. Leicestershire Police said last Tuesday (June 18) it received four different calls between 1am and 3am from people across the village. It said damage had been done to windows at a “number of” homes.

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The force beat team said officers attended on each occasion, but youths were seen to run off before they could be apprehended. It said the “unacceptable” incidents were “distressing” residents across the village.

One man in his 40’s, who wished to remain anonymous, said his family felt like “prisoners in their own home.” He said: “It’s just been constant, it’s between one and four in the morning, but it seems to be if you have a light on they will target the house, it's just relentless.

“I was out in the garden one morning having a vape and the amount of stones that came over I had to duck and defend myself. So the police had that down as assault.

Stones that were launched at one of the homes in the village
Stones that were launched at one of the homes in the village -Credit:Leicester Mercury

“All our windows are chipped just like next door. It’s not just one stone, it's handfuls.

“You feel like a prisoner at night because you don’t want to give anything to them. I want to be able to go out into my back garden, you go up to the toilet and you have to keep your light off because you don’t want to give them any ammunition.

"Who is going to foot the damage when one of these windows does go through. When I claim on the insurance the premiums will go up, all in this day and age, we do not need it.

“You can put up with the one night, it's just kids messing about, but when it's night after night. For the past two weeks every time we phoned the police, they have come out to us."

He said his 14-year-old daughter with ADHD is now “scared” to sleep in her upstairs bedroom and has slept on the sofa since the latest episode.

Her mum said the incidents had "changed" their daughter and “had knocked her for six”. She said: “You want your kids to be happy in your own home. We feel targeted at night and the noise is horrendous".

A 69-year-old resident, who wished to remain anonymous, thought the kids were using some kind of “catapult” to get the stones through the trees which sit in between the jitty and their homes. He said: “They will stand on the footpath at the back and I don't know whether they have a catapult and a dog fetch thrower because if they did it by hand they wouldn’t get it through the trees.

"It’s been going on for about two years now. The first time they were doing it with bits of branches they were ripping off the trees and now they have progressed to stones.

"There were about three of them and they legged it as soon as they saw me. They are that brazen with it.

"It’s no good talking to them, they need charging. [Since] I have got onto the county council and they have managed to put the foot path lights on. Since they have been on we have not had anything for over a week.

"But the trees block the footpath lights, [so] I am trying to get them to cut some of it back.” Another resident, a 53-year-old woman who also wished to remain anonymous, said she has changed her sleeping behaviour as a result.

Now she sleeps on a different side of the bed, which is not as close to the windows, and won’t sleep with her windows open. She said: “I have three or four large holes in my double glazing, I thought it was a pellet gun they were using.

"The air that came out of it [the window] made a large bang, so I would say I was scared. I still won’t sleep with my window open because if they come back the stones could go through my open window.

"The police were very responsive, when I called them I thought I was being shot at, you think the worst.” Officers are said to be working with the Sileby Parish Council to identify the offenders.

The beat team said last year it visited addresses to speak to parents and children about stone throwing; however, the force said that won’t happen this year and instead arrests will be made. It advised parents in the village to know where their children are during the early hours.

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