Pensioner appeals to yobs to leave him alone

A bin fire in Sharpe Road, Grantham, set fire to fencing.

A bin fire in Sharpe Road, Grantham, set fire to fencing.

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A PENSIONER is pleading with the yobs terrorising families in an area of the Harrowby neighbourhood in Grantham to leave him alone.

James Chamberlain, 89, wants to “live out his retirement in peace and quiet” - but the consistent anti-social behaviour in Sharpe Road is putting a stop to that.

He reached the end of his tether when on Monday morning he was alerted by a neighbour to burnt fencing in his rear garden.

Mr Chamberlain said: “Apparently, someone set fire to a bin. They might not have intended to burn my fence but anybody with half a brain would know that setting a plastic bin on fire will spread.

“I put that fence up myself 30 years ago when I retired from work.

“It’s very frustrating. You go to bed at night and don’t know what the Devil you’ll find in the morning.

“I don’t want this at my age.”

Anti-social behaviour in the Sharpe Road and Signal Road area of Grantham has been widely publicised by the Journal in the past year. However, police believe the bin fire is unrelated.

Police spokesman James Newall said: “We were called in the early hours of March 5 to Sharpe Road after reports of a bin fire.

“Police are treating this as arson.

“A suspect has been identified and investigations are ongoing.

“This is not part of any ongoing anti-social behaviour issues in the area.”

It might not have been down to the usual group of yobs, but to Mr Chamberlain the blaze is the latest in a catalogue of incidents in the neighbourhood over the past three years.

He said: “I’ve had anti-vandal paint on my garage to stop them climbing up on there. I mean, what do they want to be doing that for?

“I’ve had them out the front pulling the heads off my daffodils to throw at each other.

“All I want to make clear is that I don’t want all this carrying on around my property.”

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