AN ANGRY borough councillor says she is quitting Ellesmere Port and may be moving to Canada after enduring years of misery at the hands of yobs.
Pensioner Sue Kettle has put her house in Foxall Way, Great Sutton, on the market in a bid to escape the teenage troublemakers plaguing the area.
The Tory member for Sutton Green & Manor ward says the final straw came at about 4am on Wednesday when three youths stole a new trellis from her front garden and ran off with it into Manor Park woods.
Cllr Kettle said: 'I am not prepared to continue being the recipient of such damage.
'Since I came here I've been shouted at, laughed at, had stones and eggs and paint thrown at the front room of my house.
'There have been rocks thrown through my lounge window, stones and bricks thrown at the car, causing £400 of damage, plants regularly pulled up, jardinieres broken and youths playing football on my lawn. The trellis incident is the final straw.
'I've decided to up sticks and find somewhere safer to live - another country where people are respected, like Canada where my brother lives.
'I shall miss my council work, family and friends but can't think of any other suitable solution to the problem.'
She added: 'The police and judiciary have no teeth, claws or power any longer to properly control the ever-burgeoning anti-social behaviour that assaults this country. Punishment is never enough to make any criminal feel deterred.'
Sgt Carlos Brunes, of Ellesmere Port Community Action Team, said the vandalism to Cllr Kettle's trellis was being investigated.
He said: 'It's always disheartening to hear when a resident's quality of life is being affected to such an extent they want to move.
'Criminal damage of this nature makes up about 30% of the crime reported in the Port. We are running a campaign targeting vandals. Patrols have been increased in hot-spot areas. We are constantly working to address anti-social behaviour and nuisance youth issues.'
Residents can call officers, in confidence, on 0845 458 6373.