Tarves mum victim of hate campaign

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A TARVES woman has spoken of her fears, after describing a hate campaign waged against her and her family.

Marsaili Bruce, who stays at Mackie Avenue, has had her car repeatedly scratched, with ‘RIP Bitch’ carved onto the bonnet, the tyres slashed and doors repeatedly scratched. She also says that her children have been threatened.

She blames elements on the street which, she says, has acquired the nickname ‘Little Bosnia’ locally on account of the anti-social behaviour there.

Speaking to the Times, the mum-of-three said that she had previously requested help from both Aberdeenshire Council and Grampian Police to fix the problems, with the council failing to take action against the disruptive elements on the street, and the police failing on a number of occasions to take meaningful action to stop the vandalism.

“I’ve been harassed since I moved to the village,” she told the Times. “On three occasions, the police have said they would install security systems to catch whoever is vandalising the car, and on three occasions they’ve failed to do anything.

Marsaili, who runs a business altering dresses in Ellon added: “The way the houses are designed, you can’t actually see clearly onto the street where the cars are parked, which means it’s difficult to catch the people who are doing the vandalism. The damage is going to cost hundreds of pounds to fix - and all I really want is to do now is move back to Ellon.”

“I don’t understand why the council aren’t taking action against the disruptive elements on the street - they’re council tenants, living in overcrowded houses, making life miserable for everyone else. And if the council isn’t prepared to move them, then I’d like them to move me.

“It’s a shame, because Tarves is a lovely village, and everyone who lives here is so proud of it. This really should not be happening.”

A spokeswoman for Grampian Police said that the officer dealing with the case would be in contact shortly to discuss concrete CCTV arrangements at the house.

However, she also confirmed that the force were reluctant to install CCTV in any public area, for fear of intruding on people’s privacy. She added that CCTV would only ever be a temporary solution to the problem and that, while the police had conducted enquiries into the vandalism, it was difficult to prove guilt.

A spokeswoman for Aberdeenshire Council said: “We can’t comment on individual cases, however we do take the matter of anti-social behaviour among council tenants extremely seriously and have a number of ways to resolve issues and support victims, as well as tackle the root of the problem.

“It is often a complex issue that is seldom resolved by a quick fix. If someone is concerned about the behaviour of a neighbour, they can contact the housing service who will take appropriate steps to investigate these concerns.

“Community mediation also provides an independent service in some situations and in appropriate circumstances tenants are referred to them in an attempt to resolve neighbour disputes.

“Housing service staff also work closely with Social Work, Criminal Justice, Youth Justice, Grampian Police, Victim Support and other agencies in tackling issues of anti-social behaviour.”