ASBO campaigner is targeted by vandals

Tim Knowles, of Bentley holds up the rocks that smashed his windows at his home on Balfour Road. Picture: Andrew Roe
Tim Knowles, of Bentley holds up the rocks that smashed his windows at his home on Balfour Road. Picture: Andrew Roe

A COMMUNITY campaigner who has luanched a crusade to reduce anti-social behaviour has become a victim of vandalism.

Tim Knowles now says he is living in fear after his home was targeted his home twice in a matter of days.

A back bedroom window of his rented property in Balfour Road, Bentley, was smashed, before yobs chucked a brick through his bathroom window the next day.

He is now worried what will happen next.

“After the first incident I thought it was a one-off but now I realise I am being targeted,” said Mr Knowles, who is a former vice chairman of the local Tenants and Residents’ Association.

“Now I feel as though I can’t leave the house. After all I’ve done for the community to try and reduce anti-social behaviour I don’t know why I’m being targeted.

“All I have been trying to do is make things better for people in this area. Now they are lobbing stuff at my house.”

Mr Knowles believes the youths gained access to the rear garden of an unoccupied house next door.

“I’m frightened another window will be put through. I’m scared to death.

“There has to be more intervention to stop these people. I feel as though society is out of control.”

Mr Knowles has reported both incidents to police and says he was grateful for the response of neighbourhood officers who attended and also sent a dog patrol to try and catch the offenders.

A police spokesman confirmed officers were aware of the incidents.

She added: “Investigations are ongoing into this incident. Officers from the local safer neighbourhood team are working closely with the occupant of the property and have visited him on a number of occasions to offer advice and reassurance.”

The incidents happened on the nights of November 19 and 21.