A DISABLED man has stepped forward as the second victim of a gang of yobs terrorising Almondbury.
Brian Mansfield says he collapsed in a field near his house after being taunted by the group of youths.
After reading a story in the Examiner about a couple who have been targeted over a three year period, Mr Mansfield told the Examiner something must be done about the gang.
Brian, nearly blind after developing glaucoma, said: “They put me in hospital with stress.
“Every time I leave the house they swear and shout at me and they won’t leave me alone.
“It’s about time something is done about it.
“Enough is enough. Someone is going to get badly hurt.”
Mr Mansfield said he was walking home across a field when the gang of youths, who cannot be named for legal reasons, approached him hurling insults.
The 59-year-old collapsed from stress and had to be rushed into hospital.
“I really don’t need this,” he said.
“They’re always shouting and hollering at me and saying that I owe them money.
“I don’t owe them any money – I don’t want anything to do with them.”
Mr Mansfield, a carer, said either the police or the local authorities needed to take action against the Almondbury gang.
He said: “The police and the authorities are too slow on acting. They are so slow and cumbersome. I want something doing now.”
In a previous edition of the Examiner an Almondbury grandfather told how his wife was near breaking point after three years of abuse from the yobs.
The man, who wanted to remain anonymous, said bricks had been thrown at his house and he had been physically and verbally threatened.
A spokesman for Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) said they knew who the ring-leader of the gang was but their powers had been “limited” because he was under 18.
The spokesman said: “But now he is 18, KNH and its partners have a wider range of ways to deal with any problems he causes.”
Adding: “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.”