Residents on a UK street once regarded as a "pleasant place to live" are now being relentlessly terrorised by remorseless vandals.
The pavements on Grimsby's Patrick Street are littered with glass from smashed windows and doors, with one person who lives there having stopped talking to people outside in order to "stay out of trouble".
Police were called out on Tuesday following the latest incident of criminal damage with lifetime resident Wendy Aisthorpe pointing out that the sight of officers in the neighbourhood has become commonplace, reports Grimsby Live.
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She said: "I was born around here – that house used to be a television shop and all the other ones were shops. It used to be nice around here but it's just deteriorated.
"There's always something going on down here, there's always police around. I was born in my house and I bought it from my nanna, and it used to be posh 'round here.
"There was no crime, everybody owned their own houses. It was only when they built Peaks Parkway that they all became council houses.
"The back of my house is a state. It's disgusting. It's really sad."
She said she returned home after attending a funeral a fortnight ago to find her front window had been smashed, and that her partner's motorbike was also recently stolen.
"I came back from a funeral and my window was out and my partner had his motorbike stolen but the police did nothing about it," she claimed. "They just sent a crime number. He works out of town and he's had to buy another motorbike."
Wayne Tucker, meanwhile, has renovated houses on the street for a private landlord in the past.
Tuesday's incident saw vandals smash up a derelict house that he remembers as being "really, really nice" just a couple of years ago.
"A house had been vandalised on the street and we spent close to £30,000 doing it back up, and that one (in Tuesday's incident) was being done up at the same time," he recalled. "It looked really, really nice but then, all of a sudden, it was just trashed.
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"It's horrible. That's why I moved out of town. It's just rubbish. There's nothing here."
Humberside Police have appealed for information regarding the incident.
A spokesperson said: "It is reported that three individuals allegedly smashed windows and doors of the property, causing damage. Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call 101 quoting log 336 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
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