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By WHT court reporter
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
A PREGNANT mum-of-four has been kicked out of her family home after neighbours were terrorised by her out-of-control children.
"They were still playing out at 11.30pm, their behaviour at that time of night was quite shocking due to their age.
They aren’t at all supervised, they treat the area of Linkfield as an extension of their own home and as a playground.
The whole family need a police officer 24/7, I have been unable to carry out any other duties for the Hollybush area, I’ve neglected my responsibilities there."
Tania Wall stood by while sons Edward and Patrick, aged just SIX and SEVEN, used golf clubs to hit stones, swore and screamed at neighbours and were left playing outside on scaffolding into the early hours.
In one incident an axe was taken to a gas meter, in another the children’s father was seen giving a sickening cut-throat gesture to neighbours and there were dozens of reports of the boys using hand gestures to swear and mimic guns.
More than 90 reports were made to Welwyn Hatfield Council and over 70 to police, as their mother struggled to cope.
Welwyn Hatfield Council took Wall to court in a bid to gain a closure order, which would see her council house in Linkfield, WGC, boarded up for three months.
Giving evidence at Central Herts Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, Pc Jennifer Edwards told magistrates the two primary school-aged children would have been arrested for racist abuse, criminal damage and harassment, if they had been old enough.
She added only a small number of incidents were reported as neighbours were fearful of reprisals.
Fighting the order, Bethan Charney, representing Wall, said the 38-year-old, who was six months pregnant, disputed much of the evidence against her children.
She said: “This is a single woman, struggling to cope with boisterous children.
“She believes she has had racist abuse and discrimination; moving this problem on is not in the best interest of her young children.”
Magistrates passed the order for three months.