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shocking attacks Disabled woman vows to fight back against ‘wee b*****ds’ vandalising her home

The 63-year-old says she’s been tortured by youths who are attacking her house.


Disabled pensioner Kate Christy

Disabled pensioner Kate Christy

Disabled pensioner Kate Christy

Cowardly thugs waging a hate campaign against a disabled woman have been warned she’s ready to fight back.

Kate Christy says she’s being plagued by “ill-bred wee bastards” at her Park Road home in Portadown.

The 63-year-old, who is well known in the town and is regularly seen on the roads on her mobility scooter, says over the last couple of months she’s been tortured by youths who are climbing into the nearby park and then attacking her house.

On Wednesday night the attacks escalated when her front window was smashed.

“I was sitting with my friend at about 8.30pm when we heard this almighty bang,” says Kate. “My friend said she thought the window had been hit.

“I went out to check and found they had smashed the first pane of glass of the sitting room window. This has been going on for a couple of months but it’s getting worse and I’m worried about what will happen in the lighter summer nights.

“They are nothing but a bunch of ill-bred wee bastards. They are so skinny they are skimming through into People’s Park after the park ranger has left.

“There’s more beef on a single sausage than some these boys.”

Kate says the gang have been targeting her son who lives next door and regularly fire objects at their windows while shouting obscenities.

“These kids aren’t brought up – they’re dragged up. They have no manners, but they are brave boys targeting someone like me.

“I’ve got osteoarthritis in my spine and hip and had a stroke three years ago so I’ve not been well, but I’ll give them a slap if I get a hold of them.

“I chased one of them up the street on my mobility scooter. They’re brave when they are in a pack but not so brave when you get them on their own.

“I told him if I get a hold of him I’ll stick his head through the railings.

“The police have been out before and a couple of kids were fined but that’s not made any difference.”

Last night the PSNI confirmed there were issues with young people in the area. A police spokesperson told the Sunday World: “Police received a report of criminal damage to a house on the Park Road area of Portadown on Wednesday night, February 24.

“It was reported that, at approximately 9pm, the front window of a house had been smashed by a group of youths.”

Inspector Rocks said: “Although no one was injured, the occupant was understandably left shaken.

“I would appeal to those responsible to think about the potential consequences of such actions, which could have resulted in serious injury.

“Parents or guardians need to know what their children are doing outside of the home and to make it clear that any behaviour that impacts negatively will not be tolerated.

“Anyone who witnesses, or who is or affected by, incidents of antisocial behaviour should contact police immediately on 101.”

Three years ago Kate took the drivers of Portadown to task through this newspaper after she became fed up with being shouted at for taking her mobility scooter on the road.

She’s regularly subjected to a barrage of expletive-ridden abuse by impatient drivers who can’t get passed her.

So she wanted to set the record straight and let people know she was within her rights to use the roads.

“The scooter is fully road-worthy. I know some scooters aren’t but this one is. It has fully comprehensive insurance and has proper lights and indicators.”

But her fellow road users don’t seem to be aware and think she’s mad.

“People have no patience at all – they’ll take crazy risks to get past me – it’s only a matter of time before they cause a serious accident,” she told us at the time.

“The other day I was going up the Garvaghy Road and this hussy in a red Ford Focus shouted, ‘would you ever get that f***ing thing off the road’.”

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