Waterlooville garden walls wrecked in spate of vandalism

TARGETED Residents in Silverdale Drive, Waterlooville, had their garden walls vandalised in the early hours of New Year's Day.  Picture: Sarah Standing (120016-425)
TARGETED Residents in Silverdale Drive, Waterlooville, had their garden walls vandalised in the early hours of New Year's Day. Picture: Sarah Standing (120016-425)

Taxi driver assaulted by youth with knife in Southsea

0
Have your say

VANDALS wrecked garden walls in a Waterlooville street.

Householders were shocked to find their front garden walls had been kicked over and damaged following a spate of incidents in the early hours.

Bricks were left strewn over the front lawns of some homes.

Teresa Birkett woke up to see her front wall had smashed into rubble.

Mrs Birkett, who lives with husband John, said it was the first incident of vandalism they had encountered in 22 years of living on the road.

She said: ‘It’s terrible – apparently five houses have been affected.

‘We went to bed at 1.30am and we didn’t hear a thing, so we have no idea how it happened or who did it.

‘They’ve carried it out for a laugh.

‘It’s a nice area and we have had a few bits and pieces happen but nothing like this.’

Lisa Price, whose wall was also targeted, said: ‘I’m not happy.

‘I woke up in the morning and saw it – it’s very annoying. There’s no trouble around here at all.

‘We didn’t hear anything either as there were fireworks going off up the road.

‘It’s annoying because it’s going to cost my landlord quite a lot to replace.’

In the New Year’s Day attack, vandals also smashed the front garden wall of Neil Browning and Ann Saxby, who have lived in the road since April.

Mr Browning said: ‘The damage is not too bad but it could have been worse.’

Miss Saxby said: ‘We didn’t come in until 2am and we didn’t notice it until we got up in the morning.

‘We were really quite annoyed.

‘It’s obviously some people who have come out of the pub and decided to kick in the walls.

‘Police officers say they don’t know where Silverdale Drive is because there is never any trouble.’

A police spokesman confirmed officers have upped patrols in the area following the incidents.

He said that anyone who had information about the vandalism was asked to contact the safer neighbourhood team at Waterlooville Police Station on 101.