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Saltney family to move home over thug gang attack

A FLINTSHIRE family will sell up and move home after suffering a vicious attack by school-age thugs who were asked to stop shouting abuse outside their home.

Garry Newman, 39, had his cheekbone shattered after yobs attacked him and tried to break into his Saltney home to get at his 16-year-old son.

Now North Wales and Cheshire Police are to launch a joint operation to crack-down on anti-social behaviour in the Saltney area of Flintshire and the Lache estate just over the border, where the yobs are thought to have travelled from.

Mr Newman and his wife Christine are in a state of shock, unable to sleep or eat.

Their son Dale, 16, went to stay with his girlfriend in Liverpool so he is out of danger.

Mrs Newman’s Swift Suzuki car was badly damaged and its windows smashed.

The couple’s double-glazed lounge window has been shattered and the frosted glass in the front door was completely smashed in as one of the yobs forced his way into the house, on Friday night.

“This has been coming for some time, if it hadn’t been me it would have been someone else,” said Mr Newman, a paint shop manager in Wrexham.

Mrs Newman, who works in catering, said: “In January, for an entire week I was calling the police, we had pellets shot at the front window, my son was shot at with a ball-bearing gun.”

She said youths were dealing and taking drugs in a nearby bus shelter and telephone box.

Mr Newman, who has to go to hospital to have his cheekbone checked today (Friday), said: “I was in listening to music, me, my son and his girlfriend. I was told some yobs were shouting abuse outside. I opened the door and they were by the front gate. I told them to go home but I got a mouth load of abuse.”

He thinks there were at least three youths, about 15 years old.

“I walked back up the path to come in and the next thing I was whacked in the face. As I came to the front door an arm went through the window of the front door. I was more concerned with trying to protect Dale and his girlfriend.

“He wanted to protect me but I was telling him to stay upstairs. We know there were three but we’ve been told there could have been more.”

Police say they arrested two juveniles and they have been released on police bail.

Mrs Newman said: “I cannot wait to sell up and get out, which is wrong, just because of thugs like this. It’s got worse in the last 12 months.”

The couple are annoyed Mr Newman is having to lose time off work and they are having to pay excess on their insurance for damaged windows and the damaged car.

“Police said they wanted to put up cameras to try and catch whoever was doing this but nothing ever came of it. I’ve warned them before someone was going to get hurt.

“You have a right to defend yourself and your property. I’m not going to let this drop, they need teaching a lesson,” said Mr Newman.

Saltney town councillor Veronica Gay said: “I was called to the home of Mr and Mrs Newman to assess all the damage caused to their property by youths on some sort of rampage that appears to be drug related.

“The black bus shelter is one of the problems as the youths use this for all sorts of horrible actions from drug dealing to urinating and the residents keep asking when the town council is going to get rid of it.

“I will be calling for the town council to remove the old black bus shelter immediately – it is situated on the corner of Salisbury Avenue and Park Avenue and it is used by the gangs to congregate in.”

South Flintshire Inspector Alun Oldfield said: “We can confirm two people have been arrested in connection with the incident and have been released on conditional bail.

“The investigation is far from over and we will be speaking to more people. I will be visiting the victim personally.”

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