Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Grimsby, Lincolnshire: Nicky Piercy

When Nicky Piercy's 13-year-old son Nathan was threatened with a syringe, she thought the police would take rapid action - especially as the attacker was a notorious criminal and drug user. But three months later the police haven't even taken a statement from Nathan and he has been left too frightened to step outside the house.
Nicky, 34, of Grimsby, Lincolnshire, says: 'Nathan suffers from diabetes and had just built up enough confidence to go outside and play with his friends.
'One day as he rode home, two women tried to take his bike. When he refused to hand it over, one of them pulled a syringe out of her bag and threatened to stab him with it.'
Nicky called the police, who informed her that the woman was wanted with nine other offences.
'They said it would be a priority case,' says Nicky. 'I was sure she would be arrested straightaway.'
But months passed and when Nicky asked what was happening, she was told that the Crown Prosecution Service would not be taking the case any further. They said that as the woman had been laughing at the time, it was not malicious and probably a joke.
Nicky continues: 'I'm absolutely furious. The police said they couldn't find her to arrest her, but this woman lives just around the corner from us.
'Nathan is terrified of seeing her again and won't go out without me. He's a prisoner in his own home, whereas she can wander around freely, terrorising the neighbourhood.
'I won't let this matter rest and have written to my local MP for support. Our children need better protection on the streets.'
Tel: 07875 951235

Thursday, January 17, 2008


Jarrow, Tyne & Wear: Alison Bolam

Slamming the bathroom door shut, Alison Bolam turned the key and frantically dialed 999 from her mobile phone. Four men had broken into her home and were smashing it to pieces.
Alison, 26, of Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, contacted Mums’ Army and said: ‘It was the middle of the night and I had to drag my two young children out of bed and into the bathroom because it was the only room with a lock.
The men were shouting and breaking everything we owned with metal bars. They even destroyed my four-year-old son’s Spider-Man bike.
When the police arrived 25 minutes later, they arrested one of the men. But because I couldn’t identify him, he was released.
‘I’m too afraid to go back home but the council won’t re-house us. We’ve been staying with friends and family ever since.
‘Now my son has started having nightmares. Wherever we are he has to be constantly reassured that no one can get in at night.
‘I’m supporting Mums Army because innocent people are being put at risk and something needs to be done about it.’
Tel: 07934 305230

Thursday, January 10, 2008


Sunderland, Tyne & Wear: Adele Brett

When Adele Brett's partner Kevin Johnson knelt down and proposed on Christmas Eve, she immediately accepted. But now the couple will never see their wedding day - because in May last year Kevin was beaten and stabbed to death when he confronted drunken yobs outside their home.
Adele, 27, of partick Road, Sunderland, wrote to Mums' Army. In her letter she said: 'I was pleased to see your feature on Anarchy in the UK. As a victim of anti-social behaviour, it was good to see such support.
'Kevin was 22 when he was murdered. We'd just come home from a night out with friends and heard people arguing in the street outside our house. He went to ask them to keep the noise down.
'The next thing I knew, they were hitting him. I called the police but when I went outside the boys had gone and Kevin had collapsed on the grass.
'They'd stabbed him four times with a craft knife. The fatal wound was in his heart.'
Dean Curtis, 19, and two youths were found guilty of Kevin's murder and given life sentences.
Mum of two Adele added: 'Because of his age, the boy will serve a maximum of 12 years. If he does, he'll only be a year older than I am now when he's released.
'I've joined Mums' Army because if we stand together, the Government will have to listen. Things must change.'
Tel: 07708 067932

Friday, January 04, 2008


Colchester, Essex: Rachel Hawley-Thomas

As Rachel Hawley-Thomas sat up in bed and let her eyes adjust to the dark, she listened again for the tapping noise that had just woken her. When she heard the sound, she turned to her husband and said: 'AJ, I think there's someone outside our window.'
Next day, Rachel, 38, of Colchester, Essex, called the Mums' Army hotline and explained: 'We had scaffolding put outside our house and a gang of kids had climbed up on it. They were knocking on out bedroom window and shouting.
'When AJ threatened to call the police, they left. But I lay awake the following two nights until the scaffolding was eventually taken down.'
Mum of three Rachel added: 'We've had to put up with yobs shouting abuse and throwing eggs at our house for the past six years. Once they even threw a bicycle saddle through our dining room window and hurled in dog mess wrapped in burning newspaper at our front door.
'My youngest daughter has learning difficulties and my two eldest used to take her to play in the park. But now they're too scared to go near it because it's become a hang-out for gangs.
'I'm joining Mums' Army because I'm at my wits end. The council do nothing and all the police can do is hand out ASBOs, which are seen as badges of honour here. It's time something was done to protect decent people.'

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