A Sheffield estate being ‘terrorised’ by a gang of youths has driven one resident to attempt suicide while others are living in fear.
Neighbours on the Stovin estate in Darnall say they have been left ‘helpless’ as youths smash windows, cars and force themselves into people homes.
One resident said he gets a nightly barrage of trouble because he has tried to put a stop to it.
The man, who declined to be named for fear of reprisals, said his car has been broken into 18 times, been the victim of three burglaries and had his car stolen twice – as well as seeing stones thrown at his windows on a nightly bases.
The man said: “I’ve got to a point now where I’ve had enough and it has got to stop.
“I’m frightened, I’m frightened for my family.
“Back in March, three youths tried to force their way into my house armed with sticks at 3am and we only just managed to get the door shut.
“If we hadn’t, I don’t know what would have happened.
“I was petrified and now my son won’t stop in the house on his own.”
The reports come just days after The Star revealed how a gang of youngsters, known as the ‘Top Corner Boys’ were terrorising another part of the city, leading police in Nether Edge to seek an order to ban them gathering in groups of two or more or from covering their face.
The Darnall resident said a woman had been threatened with a knife and been racially abused after she challenged the youths to stop vandalising a fence.
One man has admitted trying to take his own life because of the problems he has suffered on the estate and ‘died in the ambulance’ before being brought back to life.
The man, who also declined to be named out of fear of reprisals, said: “It all got too much for me. One night I took an overdose and I was rushed to hospital.
“One of the gang told me once before to keep my cat indoors as they went around with an air rifle. They told me they’d shoot it if they saw it.
“I’m seeking help for my depression and the trouble on the estate is not helping.”
The first resident said: “My neighbours are petrified. The police can’t get evidence against them because people are frightened of saying anything.
“People say things and they find their windows broken and their cars smashed up and in one case one bloke got beat up quite badly.”
A woman on Stovin Drive said: “I’ve been on Stovin all my life and this used to be a lovely area when it was first built – I was proud to live here. Now I’m scared to leave my own home, especially at night.”
A neighbour said: “They’re terrorising the estate. I’m trapped in my home and it’s making me depressed.”
Inspector Chris Lewis, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “Tackling antisocial behaviour and crime in this area is a priority for local officers.
“We are working with our partners, including Sheffield Council, housing officers and schools to reduce this behaviour and take action against those involved.
“We have increased high-visibility patrols in the area and are working to have CCTV installed to help prevent the behaviour.
“There is still an issue of under-reporting in the community, which means we are unable to gather the best evidence to enable us to take action, so I encourage anyone suffering anti-social behaviour to contact police or the council.
“A 17-year-old boy from the area has been charged with burglary, theft and witness intimidation. This highlights that where evidence exists we will take action.”