THIS WEEK IN 1984: Teenage vandals on city terror rampage

The replaced toll gate after the original was shattered by the mare.''The replaced toll gate in 1915 after the original was leapt over by the runaway mare with the carriage she was pulling smashing it to pieces. Picture: Ralph Cousins.

NOSTALGIA: Frightened mare smashes toll gate on escape bid to Havant

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Gangs of teenagers were terrorising severely disabled residents and pensioners living near a Portsmouth playground.

City councillor Johanne Sugrue claimed vandalism at Hertford Street, Landport, had become so bad that one elderly woman had threatened to commit suicide because she could no longer stand the ‘terror’.

Many of the residents, some in wheelchairs, barricaded their windows with wire mesh to protect themselves from bricks being hurled at their flats.

Ms Sugrue, who received a petition from residents urging the council to take action, told members of the leisure services committee that a telephone box was smashed at least three times a week and that vandals threw bricks through people’s windows and rang their door bells late at night.