SUPPORT for yobs victim Roseann Sloggett has been flooding into the Examiner’s newsroom and the message is clear: Something must be done to stop anti-social behaviour.
As reported in Wednesday’s paper Roseann was forced to flee her Sheepridge home after young hooligans and vandals made her life a misery when she reported their anti-social behaviour to the police.
The 57-year-old and her nine-year-old stepdaughter, Gemma, left their house on Ruskin Grove after a spate of incidents, including attacks on the property and physical assault.
The pair have been living in a bed and breakfast for a month and are waiting to be re-housed by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH).
Examiner readers have been extremely moved by Roseann’s plight and have contacted the newsroom in their droves.
One reader, who did not want to be named, is a former victim of anti-social behaviour in Sheepridge.
He said: “Back in the 80s my windows were smashed seven times and on one occasion my front window had been used as bullet practice. I was a single parent at the time, too, and it affected my young daughter, who was five at the time, for a long time afterwards.”
“All this was caused by me confronting a young lad for throwing a firework at my daughter. I have had similar problems in Thornton Lodge in the past, too, both anti-social behaviour and racist behaviour.
“The people who do these things will come to a sticky end one day. But in the meantime we could all help by being good neighbours and putting our foots down and stepping in and reporting these crimes and being witnesses.
“There’s things we can do like taking names and photos of these crimes in action and passing them on to the police without actually giving our names, to avoid a backlash.”
Another resident commented: “Roseann is very brave, but more needs to be done to control these yobs. They are allowed to rule the area.”
One of Roseann’s friends, who did not want to be identified, told the Examiner that Roseann’s house was attacked again by yobs on Monday.
“I saw them do it. They threw the dustbins, and I shouted at them, but they just laughed. Then one of them broke the window. It’s two young kids doing it, 11 and 12-year-olds. Their parents have no control over them.
“The people who live in the street are afraid and the police aren’t doing anything about it. The culprits should have been charged. It’s out of control; the yobs have already run three families off the street.”
Roseann’s friend believes Roseann is being fobbed off by housing officials and says she was told she would only have to stay in a bed and breakfast for a week. She added: “Roseann is really struggling to cope, she is not eating properly.”
Kind-hearted reader Stuart Bethel was so moved by Roseann’s ordeal that he’s offered her a place to stay at his home in north Huddersfield until KNH finds her a home.
He said: “After discussing this matter with my partner we have decided to offer Roseann and Gemma rent-free occupation of a furnished large room until KNH can offer them a suitable home away from this unacceptable behaviour.
“I have first-hand experience of the adverse effects of anti-social behaviour, thuggery and vandalism on family life. and so can empathise somewhat with the position in which Roseann and Gemma now find themselves.
“Roseann’s public-spirited actions should not be punished by the circumstances in which she finds herself.’’
Roseann has contacted Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman and he told her there is a plan to target anti-social behaviour.
KNH has told Roseann there should be a house available soon. It also said it was working with the police and Kirklees Anti-social Behaviour Unit to tackle bad behaviour in its estates.
Roseann says she has contacted KNH since her story was published and was told she was low priority, but officials would be in touch when a home came up.
She said she was touched by all the support she had received from Examiner readers.
She added: “ I would like to say thank you to everyone. People have even been coming up to me on the street saying ‘well done!’ People should stand up to these yobs. They may be children, but that does not mean they should be allowed to get away with it.”