A hotelier has today told of his “hell” after weeks of torment at the hands of youths has left him on the verge of quitting his business.
Retired teacher Trevor Davis, who runs the Riversvale bed and breakfast in North Shore, said he has had to put up with theft and vandalism as well as physical and verbal abuse.
Despite making several complaints and CCTV footage showing yobs trashing flower pots at the front of his Lord Street property, he said police have been slow to act.
The 70-year-old, who bought the B&B last year, said: “It has been going on for over a month and I’m just sick of it – it is making our lives hell.”
When he confronted youths who were throwing masonry from a nearby skip at his gates, he said he was struck in the shoulder by a piece of debris.
He claims he has also had eggs thrown at his car and had obscenities shouted at him, while a neighbour has had to pay out to put up a fence at the back to protect their property.
Mr Davis said he is now resorting to shelling out £1,600 for CCTV cameras in a desperate attempt to solve the problem.
He added: “It is money I can ill afford – but I can’t afford not to do it.
“They have been smashing bottles in the middle of the street, I have had a television stolen from a back room.
“Now I sleep with a golf club under my bed. Everyone has a right to feel safe in their own home.”
In emails to police, seen by The Gazette, Mr Davis pleaded for action to tackle the problem, which he said had left business owners “fed up”.
He wrote: “The abuse is constant and name calling intolerable. I am frightened to go outside my own home because of these little thugs.
“ I have just had enough and I am ready to quit Blackpool and move away. I need action and I need it now for my own safety.”
Police confirmed the matter is under investigation.
A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “We got a call to say that on September 10 at 10.50pm three people were suspected of removing two large plant pots from walls and smashing them nearby.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101.