Counting the cost after 18th Century house is vandalised

A couple say they are being forced out of their home by vandals after it was targeted for the second time in less than a year.

One of the oldest houses in Fleetwood, still stained with black paint from an incident last summer, had white gloss splattered across the front of the 18th Century home, sparking a £4,000 repair bill.

Tracey Ayre, who lives in the property on Lighthouse Close, off Kemp Street, with fiance Jamie Ross, said they are considering selling up and moving away after the events of the past 12 months.

Now the couple are appealing for information to help track down whoever is responsible.

Ms Ayre, a former retail worker, said: “We have had nothing but hassle and grief here.

“Yesterday, I was just crying – my house has been destroyed. We feel like we are being victimised and all we want to do is leave.”

Mr Ross, 42, woke up in the early hours of the morning after hearing a noise outside.

Ms Ayre, 45, said: “He went to the window and saw the gate was open. He went downstairs and looked out and saw the house had been vandalised.

“We can’t do anything about it – we are going to have to have the whole lot sand-blasted.”

The historic house, actually pre-dates the port itself, having been converted from a stable built around 1790.

Police have been making house to house inquiries and studying CCTV in the area.

Anyone with any information about the incident, thought to have taken place in the early hours of February 5, should call police on 101.