Sheffield mum’s warning as rock thrown at boy’s room

Katie Johnston, of Brimmesfield Drive, Sheffield
Katie Johnston, of Brimmesfield Drive, Sheffield
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A mum-of-two is appealing for help to find the vandals who hurled a rock through her little boy’s bedroom window.

Katie Johnston, aged 25, had just sat down when an almighty crash came from the first floor of her Sheffield home.

When she went to investigate she found a huge rock had been launched at five-year-old son Evan’s window.

The force of the throw sent shards of glass flying across the room and on to the landing of the family home on Brimmesfield Drive, Manor.

By sheer luck, the youngster was sleeping out at a friend’s house at the time.

Katie believes if he had been home he would have been seriously injured.

But the ordeal has left Katie and partner Gareth Smith, 25, who also have a two-year-old son Ryker, living in fear of another attack.

Katie said: “I still shake when I think about it. If he was in his bed it could have easily hit him on the head.

“The rock was so heavy I could barely life it and there was glass everywhere.

“A five-year-old boy would struggle not to be seriously hurt from that.

“I don’t know if it was deliberately aimed at our house or kids messing around because it is that time of year, but it is so dangerous.”

The couple had been decorating Evan’s room, but have been forced to put work on hold while his window is boarded up.

Katie is keen to highlight her son’s lucky escape to urge vandals to think about the consequences of their actions.

She has sent out a plea during the Halloween and Bonfire Night period, which typically witnesses a rise in incidents of anti-social behaviour.

Katie added: “I just want people to think about what harm they could do before they do something like this.”

n Anyone with information can contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.