Brick attack on cottage

Thelma Peppart with the smashed window at her Rose Cottage. Picture by FRANK REID

Thelma Peppart with the smashed window at her Rose Cottage. Picture by FRANK REID

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A PENSIONER says she does not feel safe in her own home after one of her windows was smashed by an unknown attacker.

Thelma Peppert, 86, was at home when a missile, believed to be a brick, was hurled at the kitchen window of her cottage in Dalton Piercy village.

Mrs Peppert, who lives with son John Proudlock, 55, said: “I was just going to go into the kitchen when I heard this crack.

“I thought it was a gunshot and put the light on saw the window.

“I was shocked at the time, I couldn’t believe it.

“You don’t expect anything like that do you.”

The outer pane of the double glazed window was left with a large hole in it.

The frightening attack happened at around 8pm on Tuesday and police are investigating.

Mrs Peppert, a retired secretary who has lived in the cottage for more than 40 years, added: “I was frightened, there is not much you can do about it at 86.

“You don’t feel safe in your own home.”

Unemployed John said he saw a young man in the area when he was walking his dog just before the attack.

He said he saw a similar looking figure at a picnic table near the cottage when he returned home shortly afterwards.

John said: “A couple of minutes later I heard this bang.

“Judging by the size of the hole it’s got to have been something reasonably substantial, like half a brick, but we didn’t find anything lying about.

“It’s pretty frightening stuff when somebody’s putting bricks through your windows.

“It feels quite intimidating.”

Two weeks ago, Mrs Peppert and her son appeared in the Mail over problems with vehicles parking on a grass track just yards from their cottage. They have campaigned to prevent cars parking outside their home and launched a petition supported by dozens of villagers.

Police confirmed they are investigating the attack and are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them on (01642) 302126.