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Terrorised by teens but police won’t help’

PUBLISHED: 12:19 08 October 2009 | UPDATED: 17:14 25 August 2010

UNHAPPY: Tina Jones with two of her children, Ben, 12, and Nicola, 14.

UNHAPPY: Tina Jones with two of her children, Ben, 12, and Nicola, 14.

A DISABLED mother-of-three said she has suffered the same abuse as Fiona Pilkington, who was driven to suicide by yobs, and claims the police have done nothing to help.

LAST STRAW: The slashed tyres on her mobility car.

A DISABLED mother-of-three said she has suffered the same abuse as Fiona Pilkington, who was driven to suicide by yobs, and claims the police have done nothing to help.

Bone cancer sufferer Tina Jones, 44, fears she cannot return to Dartford after she was forced to move to Slade Green as yobs terrorised her special needs children making their lives a living hell.

This echoes the case of Fiona Pilkington, from Leicester, who was driven to despair and killed herself and her 18-year-old daughter Francecca by setting light to her car in October 2007 after they were constantly harassed by a teenage gang.

Unlike Ms Pilkington, Miss Jones fled her home in Fulwich Road, Dartford, nearly a year ago and has been living in emergency accommodation since.

Yobs, she said, would circle her home and tell her children the next time they saw her they would saw off her artificial leg.

They threw full beer bottles through her windows, put dog faeces on their porch and urinated on her door. Her daughter was held at knifepoint. Youths smashed their windows and front door and kicked her garden wall over.

Now the family are still without a permanent home and Dartford council are forced to pay £180 a month for their belongings to be put in storage on top of the £525 weekly rent.

Miss Jones said: "I am not happy with the council. It is well over £2,000 a month and that money could be used to find me a permanent home.

"I can't return to Kent. I have go to stay in Bexley because last week I went to see a property in Dartford and when I came out all the gangs that used to pick on me and my kids were there. As soon as they saw us, they started on us.

"It is very much like the Fiona Pilkington case. When I saw that I was quite upset.

"I feel extremely angry because I have been intimidated by a bunch of kids.

"All my family are in Dartford and I have to live in a different borough."

Miss Jones said she gets the mickey taken out of her because she walks with a limp, which has led to her children getting bullied and her son comfort eating which means he now has Type 2 Diabetes.

She said: "The police have been useless to be honest. I am considering taking legal action against them. I bought CCTV and used it in our property. I gave them four tapes clearly showing what the youths damaging my property. They were never used in evidence.

"No ASBOs were given. They all got away with it. The tyres on my mobility car got slashed and that was the last straw. That was when the breakthrough came together and the policed said we will move this family.

"It was frightening. The worst part was when my daughter was held at knife point. The girl was arrested but never charged."

A spokesperson for Dartford council said: "Miss Tina Jones abandoned the tenancy without notice and therefore terminated her own tenancy.

"She made the decision to move out of the borough as she expressed a desire not to live in Dartford. Our housing options team has assisted in accessing the private sector accommodation outside of the borough at her request."

Inspector Peter Dale, who is in charge of neighbourhood policing in Dartford, said: "Towards the end of 2008, Kent Police was made aware of a number of incidents of anti-social behaviour directed towards Miss Jones and her family.

"A huge amount of work and liaison took place between Miss Jones and her neighbourhood police officers, Dartford council and other partners to find a solution.

"As a result of this work, alternative accommodation was found outside of the borough and Miss Jones and her family voluntarily moved early in 2009.

"Incidents of anti-social behaviour are always taken seriously by Kent Police because of the impact they can have on a community.


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