Pensioner’s double vandalism attack

Sheila Waugh, 68 yrs old from Pontefract. Sheila, who suffers from Osteoarthritis and relies on her car everyday, has had it broken into twice in 48 hours.'p6953a146
Sheila Waugh, 68 yrs old from Pontefract. Sheila, who suffers from Osteoarthritis and relies on her car everyday, has had it broken into twice in 48 hours.'p6953a146

A DEVASTATED pensioner has been forced to park miles away from her home after thugs smashed her car windows twice in two days.

Sheila Waugh, 68, says yobs tried to steal her Nissan Micra from outside her flat on Eddystone Rise, Knottingley, last Thursday morning and again on Saturday night, by smashing two windows.

Mrs Waugh, who has osteoarthritis, said: “I’m upset and confused about why someone would keep attacking my car when I am a pensioner and I am stuck in the house without it.

“I just really want to be able to tell whoever is doing this to me that I need my car to live my life.”

Mrs Waugh, who lives with her grandaughter, has now been forced to park her car at her son’s house in Pontefract.

She said: “I have to park it there otherwise it could be targeted again – it’s horrendous.

“I can’t use the car until it’s repaired so I have to rely on my friends to take me out now.

“I’m really annoyed at what these people have done to my life but I feel sorry for their lives. I can’t understand what would make them try to take my car from right outside a block of flats.

“They seem to be waiting for my car to come back each time.”

Mrs Waugh added: “After the rear passenger window was smashed on Thursday I paid £278 to have it repaired, but then the driver’s window was smashed on Saturday night at about 10.15pm.

“I claimed the first window on the insurance but if I keep doing that it will cost me more and more and I can’t afford it on my pension.

“I can’t get the car fixed until my pension comes through and that means I am stuck here.”

Insp Richard Sullivan, of Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team, said the incidents were being investigated.

He added: “We have spoken to a number of potential witnesses and the car has been forensically examined. I would ask anyone with information or who may know who is responsible to contact us.

“Thefts from motor vehicles have dropped in the Pontefract and Knottingley areas with 59 fewer offences committed this year.

“We will continue to work hard to combat thieves and would urge people to continue to support us by adhering to our security advice.”