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.'
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