Probe into vandal attack

Jamie Horton and the damaged van
Jamie Horton and the damaged van

A YOUTH group founder and war veteran has slammed mindless yobs who attacked the van her organisation uses to transport equipment.

Jaime Horton, 32, who was injured while fighting in Iraq, said she was furious to find the windscreen of her dad’s van shattered along with that of a neighbour’s Vauxhall Corsa in Elwick Road, Hartlepool.

The Nissan van is used for the charity she set up with her dad, Jimmy Horton, 53, and mum Susan, 50, after she suffered a leg injury while serving in the Army.

Hartlepool CTY Club aims to bring disabled and able-bodied children together and now provides for more than 240 members aged five to 16.

The van is used to ferry an array of sporting, dancing and educational equipment between the charity’s bases at Owton Manor and St John Vianney Primary School.

Jaime said: “It’s mindless because it’s what we use to get our kit to the sites so is very important to what we do.

“They have really smashed it as well, they put some force into it.

“It’s really annoying because we will obviously have to fix it and pay for it. We haven’t checked yet, but hopefully it will be covered by insurance.”

Jaime said the bang was so loud it was heard by people in their houses and two young men were then seen running away along Waldon Street in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police were called out and took away a glass bottle that is thought to have been used by the pair.

Jaime added: “It was about 12.30am when there was a bang.

“Police said they might be able to get DNA off the bottle so we’ll just wait and see.”

Anyone with information about the incident can ring Hartlepool Police on (01642) 326326 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.