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OAP describes terror of vandals' double attack
9:29am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
AN ELDERLY woman has spoken of her shock after her and her neighbour’s Ludgershall homes were vandalised in a terrifying attack in the dead of night over the weekend.
At 3.45am on Sunday, 22 September extensive damage was caused to the front of two properties in Berrysfield Court.
One house, occupied by a 29-year-old woman and her baby son, suffered a smashed kitchen window anddamaged front door.
The adjoining property – home to a 92-year-old woman – had all four panes of a double glazed sash window smashed in.
The great-grandmother, who did not want to be named, told the Advertiser: “This has really shaken me.”
The widow, who has slept downstairs in an armchair since a fall in March meant that she can no longer get upstairs, was woken to the sound of banging and shouting as the vandals smashed next door’s window.
She said: “I will never forget seeing that. Can you imagine, I am lying here, I hear shouting and then the next thing the blinds are going out and all these shards come in.
I yelled something but I don’t know what.”
Shards of glass covered the terrified woman’s blankets and carpeted the floor. She was unable to move for a while as she was too confused to dial for help, but eventually managed to dress and went outside when she heard her female neighbours’ voices.
She added: “Glass was everywhere. I keep seeing bits as I walked about. I didn’t go to sleep again until 4pm, I just couldn’t.”
The suspects, who are described as two men, one dressed in a light-coloured hooded top, pulled up outside the houses in a dark vehicle with a diesel engine – possibly a black Vauxhall Astra.
A witness believes the man in the hooded top was wielding a weapon, such as a baseball bat, iron bar or golf club.
The younger victim was asleep and she was woken by the sound of smashing. When she went to investigate, she ended up with shards of flying glass in her hair.
After the attack the men quickly returned to the vehicle and it made off towards Butts Lane and then in the direction of Marlborough.
Investigating officer PC Graham Briant said: “Through no fault of their own two members of Ludgershall’s close-knit community have been left shaken and financially punished.
“They have absolutely no idea why anybody would want to do this to their homes in the middle of the night and their only comfort at the moment is the hope that it was a case of mistaken identity.”
One of the two men involved ran with a limp.
Anyone with any information should call 101.
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