AN elderly pensioner who has been left feeling like a prisoner in her own home is speaking out to “make a stand” against violence and intimidation in the area.
Following an incident last Monday night (October 8), in which the back of a 68 year old lady's home was vandalised, the lady is calling for this vandalising to stop.
The pensioners bungalow in Edenmore Park was the subject of an attack last week when the lady was briefly visiting a neighbour.
The elderly lady does not wish to be identified for fear of repercussions, told the Northern Constitution she popped in to visit an older neighbour around 9.30pm last Monday night.
When she returned home the back of her house had been vandalised.
She said: “Last Monday I nipped to Tesco and then visited a neighbour before 10pm.
“When I got home the back door was smashed in and there was glass all over the place.
“Someone clearly threw a brick or stones across the fence and smashed the back door.
“I don't know what its all about. This isn't the first incident in this area of late.
“What is their motive to target pensioners? I would just like to know why?”
According to the lady this isn't the first incident in the area. She added: “Within the last month or so there has been paint thrown at pensioners houses, sectarian graffiti written on walls, and windows smashed.
“What is the motive to target pensioners? Myself and my neighbours are old and frightened and would like this to stop.
“I don't want to go out now as I don't know what damage I will be coming back to. I feel like a prisoner in my own home.
“If they are big enough to smash my door they should be big enough to tell me why.”
The elderly woman claims everyone in the area is afraid to speak out and make a stand, but she is “scundered.”
She added: “I am speaking out now to make a stand and highlight that this is not acceptable.
“If we highlight it then perhaps they will tell us why its been happening.”
Sergeant Mark Knowles confirmed PSNI are currently investigating a number of incidents in the Edenmore Park area.
Sergent Knowles added: “We take any behaviour like this very seriously, especially where the victim may be vulnerable.
“We are doing our upmost to support her and to prevent further incidents and I would urge anyone living in Edenmore Park who is aware of any suspicious behaviour to contact police in Limavady.
“I would assure people that our officers are working hard to keep people safe but it is information from the community that is often the key to helping us solve these issues.”
Police confirmed they received a report of damage to a house in the Edenmore Park area, and appealed for information regarding any suspicious activity in the area.
A spokesperson for the PSNI added: “Damage was caused to a back door of a property. Anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area or who has any information about the incident is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 1363 8/10/18.
“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100 percent anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”