‘Lawless’ estate where masked yobs hurl bricks and threaten locals with violence

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Residents living in Enderby Gardens, Middlesbrough, have spoken of their terror following stabbings, shootings and an arson attack in the area, say reports

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The estate has been plagued with anti-social behaviour

Families are living in fear of masked estate gangs who are terrorising locals with brick-throwing and knife violence.

Residents living in Enderby Gardens, Middlesbrough, have spoken of their terror following stabbings, shootings and an arson attack in the area, say reports.

One woman, Victoria Fairbridge, 28, said she has been the victim of harassment from teenage gangs since Halloween, reports Teesside Live.

From throwing stones and pumpkins at her windows to threatening her family, the yobs have caused her to feel like she’s no longer safe in the area she’s lived most of her life.

A mum to a six-year-old with a recently diagnosed heart condition and an eight-year-old on the autistic spectrum, Victoria said her children have been targeted as well when she’s asked the thugs to leave her property.

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She said: “It all started just before Halloween, they started throwing things at the house and I asked them nicely to leave so they didn’t disturb my kids.

“They began to kick off at me and told me that they were going to ‘beat the disabled out’ of my son and ‘cut his head off’.”

Victoria believes that the group harassing her family are aged 12 to 16, and claimed they are always covered with scarves, balaclavas and dark clothing so they’re almost impossible to identify and report.

As well as her house, Victoria said that groups of youths are “terrorising” houses all over Hemlington and have even started abusing her next door neighbours.

She added: “I’ve lived in Hemlington almost all my life and it’s never been this bad, we never used to cause trouble when I was growing up.

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“My neighbour politely asked a group if they could go away from our houses as they’re scaring the kids and she was laughed at. The abuse and language that comes out of their mouths is absolutely disgraceful.”

Victoria said she has been urged to leave her house and move elsewhere, but she explained it’s not that simple to do so.

She said: “The ideal situation would be to move house of course, but it’s not easy.

“I’m a single mum of two boys, one with a newly diagnosed heart condition and another with autism so they need so much care. I can’t afford private rent and I’m not in the position to move anywhere else as times are hard.”

The Sun reports that other families have also complained about the thuggish behaviour.

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Dad-of-four Peter Thomson said: “There was a shooting around the corner. Just outside our house a taxi driver was robbed by people with machetes.

“The teenagers walk around with balaclavas on and they go about terrorising the estate.

“I’ve had motorbikes stolen from my garden. I’ve had to spend over £200 on CCTV and a cage to stop the theft.

“A lad around the corner had bricks put through his windows.”

He said things had become so bad that “even the police are scared of them.”

Amy Hughes who has lived on the estate for seven years said she is often too scared to leave her home.

The 29-year-old, who currently isn’t working due to ill health, claimed yobs had set her bins alight as well as putting bricks and stones through windows.

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She added there had also been stabbings in the area.

Cleveland Police said in a statement: “Police have been working with local agencies including the council and housing to help tackle the issues that have been reported, including regular patrols in this area by local authority street wardens.

“There is continued work ongoing with partner agencies to address the problems and we would continue to urge anyone who has been a victim of crime or antisocial behaviour to report it to police on 101, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Kay Glew, director of operations at Thirteen Housing Group, added: “The safety and security of our customers is extremely important to us and we have been working closely with Ms Fairbridge and our community partners in the police and council to address the issues that she has raised.”

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