Our windows were smashed in the middle of the night, it was terrifying and the police STILL haven't come to see us | The Sun

A FAMILY is living in fear after their home's windows were smashed in the middle of the night – yet police still haven't visited them.

Zoe McCormack, 31, was asleep in her Stockton home – which she shares with her partner and three children – when she woke up to the sound of banging and shouting just after 3am.

She told her partner, Sam Goulding, about the loud noise she heard on Tuesday morning and he had a look at what was going on from the bedroom window.

Sam saw a group of men and two cars outside of the property, with one of the men holding a spade which he allegedly pointed at the couple from the street below.

The family says they've been left terrified but believe the the thugs who targeted their home were looking for a drug dealer.

Wearing nothing but his underwear, Sam went downstairs where heard someone shout "where's my f***ing drugs?"

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The couple are "shaken" following the incident which woke two of their three children and has been tough on Zoe's 13-year-old daughter, who has autism.

Zoe said: "I called the police straight away and they still haven’t been out yet, they just said someone will be in touch.

"I feel a bit let down to be fair. I’ve got three children, eight youths smashed my house up and no one has been out."

Their front door was torn from its hinges and the front windows will need to be replaced.

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The mum believes that her home was targeted in error that saw her house attacked – along with two other properties on the street.

She said she thinks the incident may be connected to a drug dealer who formerly lived in a nearby property.

Despite living on the street for the last three years, Zoe no longer feels safe in her own home and is disappointed that the police have yet to visit the house or the family.

'LITERALLY TERRIFIED'

She has also had to cancel an operation she was due to have today as a result of the alleged break-in.

She explained: "I’m just scared. I actually don’t even want to live here anymore. I’m literally terrified.

"I even said to my partner I’m going to be terrified to go to sleep tonight."

Zoe is frightened for the safety of herself and her children, the youngest of whom Ava Rose is just five-months-old and was disturbed by the incident.

A spokesperson said for Cleveland Police said: "We understand this must have been a very frightening experience for the resident and can reassure them that police will not tolerate such behaviour in our neighbourhoods; we will do all we can to identify and deal with those responsible.

"The offenders had left the area before the caller reported the incident to police and as such there was not deemed to be any specific or immediate threat or risk to the reporting person.

"The details of the vehicle were also immediately circulated on police systems, and the caller was given advice on securing their property.

"Some CCTV has already been viewed earlier this morning, and enquiries are underway."

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Anyone with information, or CCTV or dash cam footage which could help the investigation is being asked to contact Cleveland Police on the 101 number, quoting ref 154666.

The Sun has approached Cleveland Police for further comment.


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