Elderly fearing crime outside own homes

Armstrong cottages, Rothbury.
Armstrong cottages, Rothbury.

Elderly residents are being subjected to anti-social behaviour in Rothbury.

At last week’s monthly parish council meeting members heard that car windows have been smashed, rubbish bins rifled through, and noise and siturbance caused at Armstrong Cottages.

The homes, opposite the entrance to Riverside at the east end of the village, are occupied mainly by elderly people.

Coun Roz Tinlin told Sgt Graham Vickers, who was present at the meeting, that people are causing a nuisance behind the cottages.

“People are causing problems,” she said.

“Going in to bins, taking stuff out, boulders are being rolled down the hill, narrowly missing cars.

“People are also lighting fires in the woods behind and making camps.

“I have been in touch with Northumberland County Council about it and they have said it is a police matter.”

She added that there is a very steep hill behind the cottages which is being used as a route into the Whitton View housing estate.

And she said that a boundary fence has been damaged which previously prevented people from using the run.

The hill is behind the properties, but Coun Tinlin added that while the cottages have doors at the front most of the residents use the back doors for access.

Coun Bridgett said the land is the responsibility of Northumberland Estates.

He added: “I’ll hold my hands up, I have used that route in the past, but it is dangerous.

“There isn’t a proper path. But the problem is that if you push too hard there is nothing to stop the residents applying to the council to make it a public right of way.”

Sgt Vickers said he would increase patrols around Armstrong Cottages to reassure residents and look in to anti-social behaviour.