Prisoner in his own home

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Retired fishmonger Mayne Battrick woke this morning to find that youths had last night set fire to his rubbish bin and had pushed over his garden wall.

The bin blaze was put out by firefighters just after 10 o’clock last night.’We feel totally under threat,’ said Mr Battrick.

‘We are not eating at night time because we don’t know what they are going to do next.

What I woke up to this morning totally, totally horrified me.’I have been threatened before by five of them.

I asked them if they wanted a piece of me and they did, but luckily my daughter was here and she went out and frightened the life out of them.

This is not a nice place to be.

We should not have to live in these conditions.’Mr Battrick and his neighbour are among the last residents to be rehoused from the area of Le Squez, which is due to be redeveloped.

The flats around them have been boarded up are are awaiting demolition.

‘We have just been forgotten about,’ said Mr Battrick.Chief executive of Housing Eric Le Ruez said that he could not comment on individual cases.

He added, however, that all residents affected by the first phase of the Le Squez redevelopment had been offered alternative accommodation.

He explained that some had refused because they thought the alternative homes were too far away or were unsuitable.The States police are investigating last night’s incidents.

Meanwhile, St Clement Chef de Police Bob Burrow said that his officers patrolled regularly in the area and had noticed a significant fall-off in the levels of young people hanging around.’We have a very good relationship with the people in Le Squez,’ he said.

‘I haven’t had a complaint for at least two or three months, and if I had, I would have acted immediately.

I cannot remember the last time I had a complaint about youths in Le Squez.’P insp Sarah Garwood, of the States police, added that patrols had been stepped up in the Le Squez area and she encouraged anyone with concerns to call officers.

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