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Pensioner Targeted By Yobs

Thursday May 9 2013


Police criticised for not doing enough Police criticised for not doing enough


A PENSIONER who claims she's been targeted by yobs for more than a year says the police aren't doing enough to help her.

Brenda King, 72, believes she has been targeted for simply driving too slowly one day last year and for months has had cars parking outside her house and shining their headlights through her windows.

In recent weeks this has escalated and she has had concrete blocks thrown through her house windows and her car windows smashed.

She says she's contacted Hoyland and Wombwell police stations and that although officers have been out to see her, she claims they haven't been very helpful.

"The sergeant came out to see me and said 'what do you want me to do?' - I was flabbergasted. I couldn't believe it," she said.

Brenda believes the problems started last year when she was driving through Wombwell and a car tailgated her all the way to her home.

"I was driving slowly up Station Road and these two lads behind me were obviously in a hurry and they kept shining a light in my car mirror and followed me home," she said.

Brenda has glaucoma and because it was dark when it happened, could not make out the car responsible.

But she said: "It's been going on for more than a year and in a morning and evening, a car pulls up on the road and shines headlights through my window."

She has now installed CCTV cameras to try and catch the culprits.

A police spokesman, said: "Officers go out to all areas and we treat anything that is reported to us very seriously - this is no exception.

"We will take whatever action we feel is necessary and try and find out who is responsible."

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Reply Posted by Shelley on Thursday May 9 2013 at 13:14
why arent neighbours supporting this elderly lady from this kind of harassment. Community support has gone helping neighbours gone worst of all respecting ur elders. Disgracefull

Reply Posted by mitchell cantrell on Thursday May 9 2013 at 15:34
this is outragesly disgusting!! even more so i am disgusted by the polices action towards this horrifying crime. may you have strength Brenda! why dont the police wait inside her house till something happens or get a unmarked vehicle outside waiting for sad pathetic men commiting the offence! i personally lost all faith in south yorkshire police last year, and now i have read this i doubt it ever been restored!

Reply Posted by sally on Tuesday May 14 2013 at 16:56
the police do not have those kind of resourses for the action u are suggesting but i do agree there alleged response to the happenings is disgusting, eg making sure the patrol car for that area passes her house regularly especially round the times that the incidents have occured.

Reply Posted by Grim on Tuesday May 14 2013 at 17:59
Becasue they have better things to do than sit outside a house awaiting trouble.
BTW perhaps the lady should not be driving if she has glaucoma.

Reply Posted by Sharon on Friday May 17 2013 at 08:14
That's right turn it on the victim. It's not down to you or me to say whether she should be driving....that's the optician's job and the DVLA. Maybe the optician should be struck off for letting her on the road! War on terrorism???? It's in our own streets, among our own people and I, for one, am sick of the people in this country who resort to bullying and terrorising to get their own way or even just to relieve the boredom and look hard. Can't even have a different opinion to someone without being insulted.

Reply Posted by Dave on Friday May 17 2013 at 09:56
It is the responsibility of the licence holder to inform the DVLA of any condition that they consider to be notifiable. Glaucoma is a notifiable condition if it affects both eyes or one eye and the visual standards for driving can be met. Failure to notify them can result in a £1000 fine and prosecution if it leads to an accident. So while I have no issue with condemning the tearaways causing her grief, if you think that we shouldn't pass comment on her ability to drive with an eye condition, then I can only hope that no innocent individual is harmed should she cause an accident. Particularly not one of your relatives, cos that would make you look a bit daft.

Reply Posted by Sharon on Friday May 17 2013 at 10:22
As someone that's been run over by drivers twice in my life, one being a taxi when I was a child and once in my early twenties (while one step away from the kerb) a hit and run and having seen many drivers distracted by their make up, mobile phones and various other things like drinking coffee etc; and as for parking/mounting kerbs in stupid places near schools, maybe allowing ANYONE on the road with a hunk of metal is a bad idea. Even my own step dad (who's been a HGV 1 driver for a very long time) used to drive with his wrist while rolling a cig (now that's a reason to ban smoking in cars) For the record I have astigmatism in both eyes and need varifocals and need testing for glaucoma but my optician says I'm safe to learn to drive........and don't the elderly have to do re tests these days to retain their driver's licenses? For the record I'm FAR from daft and don't take kindly to veiled ridicule.

Reply Posted by Dave on Friday May 17 2013 at 14:11
It is not up to your optician to determine whether you are safe to drive. Hence the reason for the DVLA having a list of notifiable conditions. They determine whether you are safe to drive because they are the ones that issue licences and as I stated, the onus is on the holder of a licence to inform them if they believe they have a condition that may impair their driving. The elderly don't have to do re-tests. It has long been discussed but as yet, there's no plans to introduce them. It wasn't veiled ridicule and nor did I state that you were daft. You appear to have misunderstood the point I was trying to make.

Reply Posted by Danny on Thursday May 9 2013 at 15:41
Probably something to do with the fact that would cost hundreds, perhaps thousands of pounds worth of police time mitchell.

Reply Posted by Joe Public on Friday May 10 2013 at 10:29
I live on this quiet cul de sac and she fails to mention there was a year between the road rage and first damage to it happening again a few months ago. She lives facing the entrance to a cul de sac of course she get lights. I sympathise and hope they catch those who did it but doubt it has owt to do with a road rage with a year inbetween. Usual poor and ill informed WAB story.

Reply Posted by sally on Tuesday May 14 2013 at 17:00
sounds to me like she is a vulnerable old lady who is scaring herself to death (which is understanable these days) & reading too much into seperate incidents, maybe it is the yobish behavior of idiots not targeting the lady herself but rather any house the fancy.

Reply Posted by dino on Tuesday May 14 2013 at 16:36
Just bullies picking on the vunerable. They probs on crack with nowt better to do. Tossers

Reply Posted by Julie squires on Friday May 17 2013 at 08:12
Gob bless this lady, she deserves the right to live her life free of stress in her own home. The police also told my mum, "what do you want to do" ill tell you what..
Earn your wages, make people feel safe in their own home. This is the generation we owe our life's to!! There's no respect nowadays, I have the upmost respect for the elderly as well as anybody else. This story has deeply saddened me, if this was my gran, by heck they wunt be breathing,
I only wish I knew where you lived so I could fetch some muscle to help you, god bless xxxxxx

Reply Posted by Pissed off on Friday May 17 2013 at 08:15
Grim this is a pensioner, if driving is the only way she can get out the house then who are you to say she shouldn't be driving, u can tell your a thug just by your response, stop pissing people off and go help your Nanna you owe your life to her,
FYI it's very possible to drive with glaucoma

Reply Posted by Dave on Friday May 17 2013 at 10:03
I'll post here what I posted above. You might think it is possible and just because driving is the only way she can get out of the house does not mean that she should be driving if she is unsafe to do so. It is the responsibility of the licence holder to inform the DVLA of any condition which may impair their ability to drive. Glaucoma is on the DVLA's list of notifiable conditions. While it might not exclusively bar her from driving, it is certainly something that the DVLA ought to be notified of so they can check that she is safe to continue.

Reply Posted by Julie on Friday May 17 2013 at 08:16
Well said Sharon ;-)