Yob terror for disabled man

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A disabled man says he may be driven to suicide after yobs attacked his home.

Robert Croft, 27, was targeted by louts who covered the windows of his house in paint and poured the liquid through his letter box.

An insulting note was also left for Mr Croft who suffers severe bouts of depression and has twice previously tried to take his own life.

Mr Croft suffered a broken spine after, he said, he tried to kill himself six years ago when he fell from a building.

As a result he is now in a wheelchair. It is believed he may have been targeted because of his disability.

At his home in Heathfield Road, Fleetwood, he said: “I’ve been feeling a lot more depressed – it’s had a big effect on me and I don’t know what I might do.”

He said he was not intimidated at the time of the attack but is anxious for the culprits to be caught.

He said: “It was about 4am and I heard a rustling at the letter box. I thought it was my imagination.

“I heard something thick hit the front door and the windows.

“I wasn’t going to sort it out at that time of night and decided to leave it to the morning.

“In the morning I found a fabric softener bottle on the front lawn and the note through the door.

“The paint was down the back of the door and over the front of the house.”

The offensive note included the words “grow a spine instead of breaking it.”

Mr Croft said: “On the same night a friend had her car covered in paint. They had put the paint in a carrier bag and punched holes in it and dribbled the paint all over the car.

“It dried and they couldn’t get it off.”

Mr Croft has had depression since he was 13.

Referring to the fall in 2005, he said: “I landed on my feet and broke all sorts of bones and had severe spinal damage.

“I was paralysed for two months. I got off my back but it has still left me with a lot of injuries and health problems.”

PC Vikki Merrill of Fleetwood Police today appealed for help in catching those responsible for the paint attack which happened on October 23.

She added: “This was a cruel act made all the more despicable as we believe the man may have been directly targeted because of his disability.”

Anybody with information is urged to call Lancashire Police on 08451 253545 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.