A Burnley woman says the police are doing nothing about a gang of youths who have terrorised her and her family for three years and threatened to petrol bomb her home.
Theresa Hughes (48), of Harold Street, says the ordeal, which forced her out of her Calico home in Selkirk Street, stems from a time when she told one of them she no longer wanted him to cut her grass because Calico could do it cheaper.
The mother of two, who suffers with angina, arthritis and diabetes, says that three years of intimidation, harassment and threats have followed her around whether in or out of the house.
Matters came to a head on Monday this week when she says her son Terrence Boyd and his friend Joe Clayton were approached in nearby Coal Clough Lane by the gang, and while Terrence escaped, Joe was assaulted.
Mrs Hughes sounded her council-provided harassment alarm seven times and dialled 999 twice before police responded and says she is “scared to leave the house” and “can’t take any more”.
Mrs Hughes said: “They’ve threatened to petrol bomb my home.
“I feel like taking my own life. I’m a bag of nerves, I can’t sleep and I’m sick of it all. I’ve just had enough of it.
“These youths drove me out of my house and I’ve got it again. How are they able to do this to a disabled woman?
“The police keep saying they can’t do anything about it. It’s is as if the police are scared of them.
“The council have done more than the police have done and they are meant to be there to protect you.
“There’s about eight to 12 of them aged between 15 and 19 so they’re not kids, they know exactly what they are doing.”
Her daughter Rachel Boyd, who lives next door, added: “She should be able to live wherever she wants and should be able to get out when she wants.”
Mrs Hughes also claims one of the gang is flouting a harassment order and it is not just her and family who are suffering but people in the wider area.
A police spokesman said: “We are aware of the issues and are working to resolve them.”