Dunmow grandparents lefts out of pocket after lock is smashed by vandals

PUBLISHED: 09:52 12 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:14 12 April 2018

Mrs and Mrs Palmer have paid £198 for a new lock and more than £100 for a security camera. Picture: CONTRIBUTED.

Mrs and Mrs Palmer have paid £198 for a new lock and more than £100 for a security camera. Picture: CONTRIBUTED.


Essex Police were called to a Dunmow home after vandals ‘kicked’ a front door so hard that a locksmith had to use a chainsaw to replace the lock.

Victim Jennifer Palmer, 66, who has installed a home security camera after the incident on the evening of April 5, has spoken about an ‘escalating’ series of events and said over the past few months people have been knocking on her and her neighbour’s door, and have now kicked her front door on two occasions.

When she first heard the banging outside, Mrs Palmer thought her husband, Alan, 69, who had just returned home that day after more than two weeks in hospital, had fallen down.

She said: “It was a bit annoying at first but now it is starting to affect all I am doing. Because I am thinking about it I am not settling down at night. Most people put on their pyjamas and go to bed, I am not doing that... I am just waiting for it to happen again.”

Mrs Palmer, who paid £198 to replace the lock, said: “If it carries on how much more am I going to have to pay?”

She added: “It started at Christmas.. with knocking on the door and running away, and it just escalated from there to knocking the door in. It is happening on Friday and Saturday evening, there are weeks it doesn’t happen, but now it has started to be mid-week as well.”

Neighbour, Ricky Abbott, 25, who has three children under the age of three, said people have started “banging” on his door at least once a week, and says they could disturb his sleeping children.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “We were called at around 9.15pm on April 5 to reports of a group of young people kicking the front door of an address in Godfrey Way, Dunmow. The victim has reported this is part of ongoing issues with a group of young people.”

If you have any information please call police on 101 quoting the incident number 1227 pf 05/04 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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