Cops probe claims about stone-throwing vandals

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POLICE are increasing patrols along a new footpath at the rear of houses in Clay Cross after residents claimed they have been targeted by stone-throwing vandals.

Lee Booth, of Egstow Street, Clay Cross, told how the new path way is regularly littered and youngsters have thrown pebbles and gravel at his home and others.

He said: “This area has become a haven for kids who drink alcohol and there is litter and they have thrown gravel at our houses.

“They are shouting and causing a menace so we have approached them and they gave us verbal abuse and now I’ve put my vehicles in the garage because I don’t want them to get pelted with stones.”

Police launched an investigation after Mr Booth reported that youngsters had been throwing stones at properties during the evening of Saturday, September 3.

A police spokesman said: “We received a call and we went round to the property.

“It was later established that no damage has been caused but we have alerted our Clay Cross Safer Neighbourhood Team and we’re increasing patrols in the area.”

Mr Booth said the path had been introduced with the new Clay Cross Tesco development.

Witnesses should call police on 0345 123 3333 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.