A GRANDFATHER says his wife is near breaking point because of a torrent of abuse from local youths over three years.
The Almondbury man says the couple have had bricks and fireworks thrown at their house, their car smashed up, and they have been physically and verbally threatened.
He told the Examiner their lives have been ruined by one main perpetrator and a group of his friends, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
Kirklees Council Neighbourhood Housing said they have not been able to evict the main perpetrator from Almondbury because of his age.
A spokesman said their powers were “limited” because he was under 18 at the time of the offences.
But they say now he is legally an adult they will talk to him about his behaviour and are poised to take action if anything further happens.
But the worried husband, who does not want to be named to avoid repercussions, says it may be too little too late.
His wife, who is in her 70s, is afraid to leave the house in case the yobs strike again.
He said: “She hasn’t been out of the house for a month and she’s suffering from depression and anxiety attacks.
“I worry about her when I have to leave her in the house.
“It’s building up and building up and I think she’ll have a nervous break-down.”
The man, in his 60s, said his children don’t bring his grandchildren round to visit any more in case something happens.
He said: “I’ve been threatened and my daughter has been threatened.
“There are about 20 yobs and they terrorise the whole of Almondbury. Why has no-one been prosecuted and why has it been allowed to go on?
“Why should I be driven from my home? I’ve lived in Almondbury for over 60 years.”
The man, a lorry driver, said he feels they have nowhere to turn for help after being “ignored” by Kirklees Council and the police.
He said: “The worst thing that’ll happen is if I lose my rag and I go out there and hit someone, then I’ll be the one that gets sent to court.”
Dealing with anti-social behaviour and ‘low level’ hooliganism is increasingly being placed in the hands of the local authority.
A spokesman for Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, said: “We understand that this situation must be very frustrating, but can assure them that we take anti-social behaviour extremely seriously and that we are dealing with the issues they have raised.
“Until recently, the options available have been limited by the fact that the perpetrator was a minor.
“But now he is 18, KNH and its partners have a wider range of ways to deal with any problems he causes.
“However, as we have explained, there is a legal process that we have to follow in these kinds of cases.
“Any action that we take must be reasonable and proportionate and we must be able to demonstrate that we have given the perpetrator the opportunity to change his behaviour and clearly warned him of the consequences for not doing so.
“If he continues to cause trouble despite these interventions, then we will be able to apply to the courts for an injunction to curb his behaviour, and, if necessary, exclude him from his home and the surrounding area.”