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Police ignore yobs and drug pushers in troubled neighbourhood to swoop on OAP for playing Perry Como too loud
People who complained about 71-year-old woman's music were reportedly among thugs who rule the street – and who make the woman's life a miseryMember of one of local 'problem families' was seen smirking as police forced 'shocked' elderly lady to turn down her Perry Como music
07:44 GMT, 30 November 2012
Police swooped on a 71-year-old woman who was playing her Perry Como, pictured, records too loud
In a neighbourhood plagued by open drug dealing and general yobbery, the police had a wealth of potential targets.
They could have started by rounding up the pushers said to use ten-year-olds as drug couriers.
They might have raided the homes of the violent families said to impose a reign of terror on the area.
As it was, they decided to swoop on a 71-year-old woman who was playing her Perry Como records too loud.
Astonishingly, the people who had complained about the music were reportedly among the thugs who rule the street – and who make the woman’s life a misery.
Last night the pensioner, who worked all her life and keeps her small flat clean and tidy, said she was too scared of retaliation to speak or be identified.
But the local residents association in the crime-hit area of Folkestone in Kent has sent a full report on the incident to Kent Police, Kent County Council and East Kent Housing, which manages the many council houses and flats in the area.
Chairman of the Bradstone Association David Taylor, a retired TV journalist, told in the damning report of ‘abuse and dysfunction’, with a ‘reign of fear by three households, open drug dealing and abuse’, and ‘ten-year-olds used as drug couriers’, with ‘blatant drug-dealing so common it goes unremarked except by visitors’.
He also complained about ‘ineffective policing’, saying: ‘The constant cry is “Where are the police”. Foot patrols have gone, Police Community Support Officer visits have drastically reduced, and we have lost our local bobby.’
Yet the police did leap into action, wrote Mr Taylor, when an elderly woman put her Perry Como records on.
He said: ‘A 71-year-old divorcee, lives in a ground floor flat. She is completely ignored by a young couple upstairs whose two children jumping and bouncing on the floor cause her constant aggravation.
‘The couple play loud music and leave the back and front of their property awash with rubbish that spills on to the street.’
The elderly woman, who is too frightened to be identified, lives in a crime-ridden area of Folkestone, Kent, pictured
He continued: ‘She is very deaf. Nevertheless, she is troubled by music from upstairs.
Early in November, the noise from above was so loud that she retaliated by turning up the volume of her own music – Perry Como. Somebody called the police.’
The report then claims the police ‘banged roughly’ on a window before entering the ‘shocked’ woman’s flat at 9pm, only leaving when the music was turned down.
A member of one of the local ‘problem families’ was seen ‘smirking’ as all this happened.
Mr Taylor’s report continued: ‘Clearly, this was a set-up. It was the deliberate provocation of an inoffensive old lady, a waste of police time, and a demonstration of the “street power” exerted by three problem households.’
Local resident Steve Harrison, 45, said it was disgraceful the police chose to act over the pensioner’s records rather than against the real trouble-makers.
He added: ‘This old dear was just fighting back against the people above her.’
Kent Police said it took all concerns of crime seriously. A spokesman said: ‘We have increased patrols in the area and are exploring a number of measures to address some of the issues raised by Mr Taylor’s report.
‘This particular incident arose after Kent Police was contacted with concerns about a lady’s well-being.’