A FAMILY whose home has been bombarded with bricks, petrol bombs and tins of paint for 13 years now live behind boarded up windows.
Harold Wainwright, his two daughters and granddaughter are living in fear because their home in Auckland Road, Blacon is the target of frequent attacks by vicious young thugs.
Mr Wainwright's windows have been smashed so many times, he keeps them all permanently boarded up and says it feels like a prison.
'We cannot go on living like this. Something has to be done to help us,' said Mr Wainwright, 55.
'I am running out of people to turn to. The housing trust says I have to wait to be able to move and the police say there is nothing they can do.
'I have been living here for years, but enough is enough.'
Mr Wainwright, who lives with daughters Catherine, 32, Elizabeth, 25, and his three-year-old granddaughter Zara, says they never know when the next attack will come.
'One night, bricks were thrown at our windows three times and on other occasions we have been woken up at 3am because windows are being smashed.
'My side window has been broken 20 times and when I boarded that up, they started throwing things at the bedroom windows.
'I keep my living room window boarded up permanently because it is just too dangerous to let my granddaughter play in there when a brick could come flying in and cover her with glass.'
Teenagers have thrown a petrol bomb at the house and the final straw came last week when youths threw a tin of paint, shattering a window and covering the back door with paint.
Mr Wainwright added: 'It has been happening ever since we moved in, but it comes in stages. It will be quiet for a while, then it starts up again.
'This time it has been going on for about two months.
'In the past I have asked kids 'why us?' But they said it was because I always call the police and they get a kick out of it.'
Mr Wainwright has put his family's name down on the housing trust waiting list. 'I am about fifth in line for a four-bedroom house, but I want to get out of here now,' he said.
'So I said I would have a three-bedroomed house because I knew I could have one straight away. But the housing trust won't let me - they say I will be overcrowded.'
He added: 'The police are just the same, I call them every time something happens. Sometimes they are half an hour, sometimes they are two or three hours.
'I point out who it is doing it, but they say they can't do anything about it. Apparently it's not enough to see them hanging around and then have a brick through your window. You have to see the brick in their hand and then watch them throw it before the police will help you.'
Blacon city councillor Reggie Jones expressed sympathy for Mr Wainwright's plight.
'It is very difficult when people are being victimised like this.
Anybody in this position should try to work closely with the police and the housing trust to see that it stops. They should keep a diary of attacks.
'I would hope the housing trust would award this gentlemen exceptional circumstances as he is seeking a move.
'But Mr Wainwright needs a four bedroom house, which makes it difficult.'
Inspector Geoff Williams of Chester Police said: 'There always needs to be some proof in a case like this.
'Police can talk to the youths, but they have no way of knowing which member of the group actually threw the stone unless there was a witness.
'However, we could help if youths are hanging around a particular house and causing a nuisance.'