Leeds grandma attacked at home

Tracy Smith.
Tracy Smith.
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A GRANDMOTHER is living in fear after a third night-time boulder attack on her Leeds home in four months.

Tracy Smith, 43, believes her family are the victims of a vendetta and fears they will have to move to escape further attacks.

“I’m very frightened. It has not happened to anyone else around here,” she said.

In the latest attack, on Thursday night, a brick was hurled through her rear living room window, injuring her right leg and showering the room in glass.

It is the third time her windows have been shattered by rocks and the second while her HGV driver husband Gary was out working.

Not only did it leave Mrs Smith – recently diagnosed with a heart problem – distraught, but severely distressed her university student son Matthew who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome.

Police were called and a paramedic crew treated Mrs Smith for shock.

Mrs Smith said she and her husband, who have two adult daughters living away and a 19-month-old grand-daughter, had lived there for 16 years without problems – apart from a fall-out with a local family.

She was speaking on the phone to her 37-week pregnant daughter Natallie, 23, when the brick shattered the double-glazed window.

In the first incident on November 26, a large boulder was thrown through the kitchen window at 10.30pm while she, Gary and Matthew were at home.

Luckily no-one was injured and the police investigated the attack, taking statements and speaking to local residents, said Mrs Smith.

Unfortunately a CCTV camera covering the house was switched off at the time.

The window was repaired though the family paid an insurance excess.

Less than five weeks later on December 13 while Mr Smith was away driving, their kitchen window was again shattered by another rock at 11.05pm.

A window blind was damaged. Again the police investigated.

This time the camera was working and a dark shape of someone was recorded.

Because of holidays the window could not be repaired until after Christmas, said Mrs Smith.

A police spokesman confirmed they were investigating a brick attack at Holtdale Way which had been recorded as an assault.

Officers were aware of similar incidents at the address on December 13 and November 26, he added.

Witnesses or anyone with information should contact the North West Outer NPT on 01274 471458 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.


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