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Couple tell of race hate hell

Newsagent Richard Anthony with the window he has had to brick up to foil intruders at the rear of the Best One premises on Lord Street, Fleetwood.

Newsagent Richard Anthony with the window he has had to brick up to foil intruders at the rear of the Best One premises on Lord Street, Fleetwood.

A couple who lives are being made “hell” by yobs hurling racist abuse and vandalising their property have today spoken of their ordeal.

The pair, who live and work in Fleetwood, have had the windows of their home smashed, been verbally abused and now live in constant fear of repeat break-ins at their Lord Street shops.

Tiffany Spears, 22, said their torment began around two weeks ago when a gang of youths started throwing objects at their flat, smashing windows, and yelling racist insults.

Together with her partner, Richard Anthony, who is from Sri Lanka, they run the Best One store and Supernews, both on Lord Street.

British national Miss Spears, said: “Two Sundays ago they came to our house and smashed our windows – there were about 25 of them.

“They were throwing metal sticks and bricks and being racist.

“There have also been break-ins at Best One. We have had cash stolen and the shop has been damaged.

“It is hell for us, especially for me opening the shop in the morning and not knowing who is going to be there.

“I have no idea why they are doing this – we haven’t done anything wrong to anyone.”

On February 5, two days after the attack on their home, the couple lost £1,200 when thieves broke into Best One.

Mr Anthony, 31, said he had to have the shop’s window bricked up after it was smashed during the raid.

A week later, police believe the same gang returned with specialist equipment and cut through concrete breeze block in an attempt to gain entry again.

Despite police making arrests and increasing patrols in the area, Miss Spears said the crime spree is showing no signs of easing up.

She added: “We are having to reset the alarms at the shop three or four times some nights – it’s relentless.

“We have even had to have someone sleeping in the shop because of the damage because it’s not secure and we can’t get anyone out at night to fix it.”

Detectives say they believe the same people are responsible for the attacks on the shop, but there is no definitive link to the incident at the couple’s home.

Two boys ,aged 14 and 15, have been arrested in connection with racially aggravated assault and affray and released on police bail.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We also spoke to a further five youths, of the same age, who attended voluntarily and they have been released.

“We are taking this very seriously and are doing all we can to support the couple.

“We have increased patrols and we are making enquiries as part of our investigation.”

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101.

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