Thursday, July 19, 2007


Llandudno, Conwy: Natasha Hill

When Natasha Hill returned home one day, she was horrified to find she'd been targeted by mindless yobs. The flat she lives in with her two-year-old daughter Sophie-Jade had been ransacked.
Natasha, 22, of Llandudno, Conwy, told Mums' Army: 'My sofa was covered in blood and my little girl's cot was broken and burnt with cigarettes.'
Natasha and young Sophie-Jade, who was recovering from meningitis, were placed in a council refuge for four months while the incident was investigated.
They moved back into their home when the main culprit was caught. A 21-year-old heroin addict and prostitute was arrested and received only one year's probation.
'I just don't feel safe,' said Natasha.
'Our neighbourhood is full of drug users and antisocial gangs, but the police do nothing.
'My elderly neighbours have had their home vandalised and we've been woken up in the middle of the night by people repeatedly ringing our buzzers and kicking our doors.
'I'm joining Mums' Army because I want my daughter and my neighbours to feel secure. We need to come together as a community and put pressure on the police and the council to take action.'
Natasha Hill,
Llandudno, Conwy

Thursday, July 05, 2007


Norwich, Norfolk: Connie Bolton

It was the latest in a series of incidents, so when a gang of teenage boys kicked Connie Bolton’s dustbin into the road, she went outside to confront them. She was on crutches and had to be helped by a neighbour. She told the boys: ‘Put it back.’
They didn’t. Instead they turned on her.
Connie, 31, contacted the Mums’ Army Hotline and said: ‘One of the boys hurled a rock and it hit my neighbour on the back of the head. They shouted abuse and used foul language. Their behaviour was disgusting.
‘During the year that I’ve lived here, the situation has got worse. Youths smash my windows and I don’t feel safe even walking to the local shop.
‘We call the police but if they turn up, it’s always too late. The council doesn’t care and tells us to go to the police — we can’t win.
‘A lot of people here feel the same. They’re afraid to go outside and they’re scared to stand up for themselves. I’m joining Mums’ Army because I know that it’s the only way I can do something to help my family and neighbours. I want more support from the police so we can live in safety.’
Connie Bolton,
Norwich, Norfolk
Tel: 07840 651904

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