Hatfield home seriously damaged in 'deliberate' attack

PUBLISHED: 13:13 25 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:15 25 May 2017

The damaged house in Drakes Way

The damaged house in Drakes Way

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Neighbours who witnessed a terrifying attack that seriously damaged a Hatfield home are convinced it was deliberately targeted.

The damaged house in Drakes WayThe damaged house in Drakes Way

Plumber Bashar Edais and his wife were woken at 1am by the sound of a van repeatedly crashing into the neighbouring terraced house in Drakes Way.

Not only was the front porch smashed, with a large vertical crack in the front wall, but Mr Edais’s own van was badly damaged by four or five men who escaped in a four-by-four.

Mr Edais, 36, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “My wife was woken by screaming. They were screaming and shouting - ‘effing this’ and ‘effing that’. They reversed and did it again.

“We were terrified, scared, and agonised.”

Bashar Edais with his smashed vanBashar Edais with his smashed van

His neighbours, a married couple with six children, were not in the house.

Mr Edais said: “My neighbour is a friend, but I don’t know what has gone on between him and these people.”

He thinks the attackers smashed up his vehicle believing it belonged to his neighbour, who owns a very similar van.

This morning police were carrying out a forensic investigation at the scene.

Mr Edais, who thinks his van will cost about £2,500 to repair, can only keep his appointments by cramming his tools into his car, as his insurance company has refused to replace it.

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