Wednesday, 5 November 2008
There's a family, Father, Mother and daughter, who live at the bottom of our cul-de-sac who cause lots of problems for their neighbours - in particular two elderly people living in separate bungalows right next door to them. The Father is an alcoholic, the Mother is a sandwich short of a picnic and the Daughter is 21 but probably has a mental age of about 8 and she persistently taunts these neighbours. Over the past few months the police have been called numerous times and after one particular incident it took two policewomen to manhandle the daughter to the floor and cuff her before they could get her in the police van. She was housed in a secure unit for a few weeks after this incident.
A couple of weeks ago I watched the said daughter hide behind a tree in front of the bungalows whilst throwing stones at the windows. Father and mother told her to come away but she took no notice and continued to harrass the poor woman in the bungalow. Eventually the woman lost patience and came out to chase the daughter away. The daughter ran round the side of the bungalow and the woman turned to go back into her home when the daughter jumped on her back. The woman shook her off then hit her in the stomach, which I think winded her but she wasn’t really hurt, however the Mother and Father were shrieking hysterically and phoning the police and an ambulance. The ambulance came but left without the daughter, then the social worker arrived and took the daughter away (presumably to the secure unit again) and then the police arrived.
Now I saw all this from my lounge window, I witnessed the extreme provocation the woman had been subjected to and when I saw the police go to her bungalow I just had to go and tell them what I’d seen. The woman was very grateful that I was willing to be a witness, as she really thought she was going to be in a lot of trouble for hitting the daughter.
Last Saturday I received a letter in the post which was not even addressed to my correct name, it was on a piece of paper torn out of a notebook in scrawly print and poorly written it said:
Keep your mouth shut when you see something that does not concern you OK
Then on Sunday evening, just as we arrived home from a concert, having been out of the house since 6 p.m, there was a taxi driver just going up our path to inform us that our taxi had arrived!
Who do you think wrote the letter and sent the taxi and would you have stepped up to the plate in the same situation?
Don’t get me wrong I don’t regret doing what I did but I can understand why some people don’t want to get involved. I’m just waiting to see if we have any unordered pizzas delivered or a ton of topsoil then I will inform the police and give them the note.