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Living in fear of the yobs

PUBLISHED: 19:24 29 April 2004 | UPDATED: 04:49 02 March 2010

ENCASED in his own Ipswich home, Trevor Parnell today feels he has little alternative but to move out from his house.

The devastating work of the thugs who terrorise him is driving Mr Parnell to his "wit's end" and he is desperate to escape this nightmare.

ENCASED in his own Ipswich home, Trevor Parnell today feels he has little alternative but to move out from his house.

The devastating work of the thugs who terrorise him is driving Mr Parnell to his "wit's end" and he is desperate to escape this nightmare.

Most the time he said he stays round at his cousin's house to avoid being attacked.

But the only answer seems to be to move him and not the criminals.

Mr Parnell is at odds to know why he as a victim should have to move out of his council house in Shackleton Road if he wants to lead a normal life.

He blames the council for not helping and even has the backing of Ipswich MP Chris Mole, yet still, after 18 months, he remains a victim.

Mr Parnell says he is abused by unruly families on the estate, who he claims have:

N smashed nearly every window in his house and threatened to slash his throat

N forced him on to medication for depression

N caused his partner, who gave evidence at two trials involving the criminals, to walk out on him

N torched two cars and dumped rubbish in his back garden

Mr Parnell said: "I have had two cars torched in front of the house, my windows have been smashed and my house has been completely boarded up.

"These problems have also caused the break up of my relationship."

The alleged victimisation has haunted him for months, even years.

He says he has submitted diary accounts, letters from his doctor dating as far back as last July, and police nuisance forms, yet the council have done nothing.

Mr Parnell said: "The council is aware of the situation, but whenever there is a quiet period, they say the problem has gone away.

"I have been down to them and requested a move on the basis of harassment and violent threats and this has been backed up by the police. I am constantly fighting a losing battle."

He added he believes the courts were too soft and just allow the troublemakers back on to the streets.

He said: "Why am I being re-housed as a victim and the perpetrators are staying put?"

The borough council denied Mr Parnell has given the relevant documentation and is powerless to help.

A spokeswoman said: "While moving Mr Parnell from his home is not an ideal solution, we are limited in what we are able to do for Mr Parnell without the necessary proof.

"Our policy is to take action against any tenant who is in breach of their Tenancy Agreement but we can offer tenants the option to move on a priority basis if they request."

Mr Mole is siding with Mr Parnell over the issue.

He said: "I have written in fairly strong terms to the area housing manager asking them to recognise Mr Parnell's situation as particularly difficult.

"I have no doubts that Mr Parnell is getting picked on for a number of reasons. He has taken a stance against them in the past.

"It has got worse recently since one of the causes of the problems has recently come out of prison and is winding people up again."

He added: "There are a range of issues to do with housing, policing and meeting the problems from the young offenders.

"The government is trying to streamline its housing policy to make it clearer that if they are responsible for anti-social behaviour they will forfeit the tenancy."

A 16-year-old girl has been interviewed by police regarding damage to Mr Parnell's house.

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