A former Whitby lifeboatman has described how he has been “plagued” by rock-throwing youths.
The Whitby Gazette reported last week how a number of elderly Whitby residents had been victims of acts of seemingly random vandalism, and this has encouraged more residents to come forward with their stories.
Ronald Frampton (83), of South End Gardens, Whitby, told how his greenhouse has repeatedly been smashed by youngsters throwing rocks at his property.
Shards of glass litter the floor of Mr Frampton’s greenhouse and he has collected buckets full of stones, thrown from the pathway across the old Whitby to Scarborough railway gateway bridge, in Stakesby Vale.
Mr Frampton said: “These lumps are big enough to kill anyone they hit.
“The other night I heard a bang and when I went out to turn the light on a stone just missed me.”
Mr Frampton was a lifeboatman for 20 years and is also a former fisherman.
He attributes the recent anti-social behaviour and ensuing damage to the recent regeneration of the land above the start of the old railway path, known locally as the cinder track
He added: “We’ve been here 40 years and have never had any trouble until they cleared the area, and now we are right in the firing line here.
“We want a row of trees up the top to stop them.
“We’ve had three weeks of it, mainly Sunday nights and Wednesday nights after 8 o’clock.”
Sergeant Mukerjee of Whitby Police said: “Enquiries are ongoing but we have identified an area in the town where the rise in damage appears to be most significant and we will try to give that more attention with regards to our patrolling increases.
“If anyone has been the victim of criminal damage we would invite them to tell us so we can investigate the matter further.”
To report an incident or if you have any information relating to the ongoing incidents of vandalism call Whitby Police on 0845 6060247.