Yorkshire woman trapped living upstairs with dog as home continues to be attacked
A Yorkshire woman says she is stuck upstairs and too scared to leave after her home came under several attacks. Threatening messages were left at his address with windows smashed on several occasions.
She rents a three-bedroom property, living with her nephew and her dog. However, she says her home in Hull has been the victim of several incidents of antisocial behavior and criminal damage since February this year, reports HullLive.
Threatening messages were written on the front door. She also experienced knocking on the door late at night and several damaged windows.
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She only goes down to feed her fish. The woman has tried to get help from the council to move out and is ready to move into temporary accommodation, provided her dog can move with her.
Speaking to HullLive, she said: “It’s pretty scary, to be fair. I kind of went up with my dog and packed everything downstairs. I shouldn’t have to live like this. I come down to feed my fish and that’s it.”
Threatening messages written in pen on the door included “The windows are being smashed! Knock yourself out” and “A dead man walking. Watch your back, wait till I get you.” The door was also knocked at unsociable times of the night.
A living room window was damaged in the first series of incidents directed at the property. Things seemed to have calmed down until April 30, when the kitchen window was smashed mid-afternoon, with a door lock also damaged. The window was boarded up after the bank holiday weekend.
Several incidents have been registered with the police. Shortly after the first threatening messages appeared in late February, the woman says she started looking for another house to move to with her adult nephew and her dog. Having initially had no luck finding a private rental, she sought the assistance of Hull City Council.
Following the smashed kitchen window, she had been offered temporary accommodation on May 3 by the council, but turned it down due to concerns about her Staffie pet Zara and where the business qu ‘she could not store with it would be stored. “They wanted to put me in a hotel where I can’t take the dog with me. My dog is my life, she’s just kind of like having a kid.”
She cautiously lets Zara out into the garden but says she doesn’t lose sight of her. The woman says she is ready to move into temporary accommodation, provided she can take her dog with her and is reassured about the belongings she cannot store safely.
While she currently lives in a three-bedroom house, she is looking for a “two-bedroom house, with a garden for the dog, and ideally with a balcony”. A spokeswoman for Hull City Council confirmed that the council had sought to help the woman move and said: “Following threats made against her, we have offered assistance and advice on the type of housing that was available to him and about the bidding process for communal properties.
“When she bids for social housing, due to the limited number of homes available, we encourage her to bid on properties that suit her household composition and also to consider applying to rent from a housing association. housing or a private owner, which would increase his chances of success.”
A spokeswoman for Humberside Police confirmed a window was smashed between 2pm and 6.30pm on Saturday April 30: ‘We are investigating this incident and a number of previous reports of criminal damage and of anti-social behavior in this area to identify those responsible and bring them to justice for their actions.Anyone with information about this incident should call our non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 16/50787/22.