Mum-of-six fears for safety after yob sprays 'pedo' on their family home

Mirror Online 3 weeks ago

A worried mum fears for her safety after an illiterate vandal plastered the word 'pedo' on her home six times.

The mystery attack happened at Kira Marriott's Stoke-on-Trent home with her neighbours' car also targetted.

The mum-of-six, 33, has told of her horror after waking up to discover what had happened overnight, report the StokeSentinel .

She says the vile graffiti put her and her husband Lee at risk and quickly reported the crime on Friday.

Neighbours rallied round as Kira spent hours desperately trying to scrub off the obscene words before a kind-hearted man with industrial strength paint stripper came to the rescue.

Now Kira has spoken out to try to help Staffordshire Police catch the yob and stop anyone else going through a similar ordeal.

Kira Marriott is angry and concerned following the attack on her home

Kira was at asleep at home with Lee, aged 38, and her toddlers Keanu and Harrison and Tori-Leigh, three, Riley, seven, Lexi, eight; and 15-year-old Zak.

She said: "My neighbour rang me up on Saturday morning and asked if I'd been outside. As soon as I'd seen what they'd done I broke down in tears. I was horrified.

"It wasn't just my house, they did the neighbour's car too. The younger kids kept asking 'what does it mean, mummy?'. I had to try to say it was a spelling mistake and it didn't mean anything.

"I even went to the kids' school to explain what had happened in case one of them said the word to their friends. It was very embarrassing.

"Since it happened I can't sleep, I just keep thinking 'I need to keep my family safe'. My stress levels have gone through the roof. I already suffer from anxiety and this has made it worse."

The family believe a child may be behind the attack.

She says it 'shook her up' - but help from neighbours the next day removed the graffiti

She added: "I called my 15-year-old son down to look after the kids while I tried to wash it off but it wasn't shifting. As soon as he saw it, he tried to wash it off too.

"The number five bus goes straight past our house every 20 minutes so loads of people would have seen it. If they don't know you personally, they could think it's true.

"All my neighbours came round. There were a few jokey comments but that was all. Everyone was genuinely concerned. The PCSO said they would step up patrols but I've not seen anyone. I've got six children in the house and it's made me feel nervous.

"The younger ones don't understand but Zak's friends knocked on for him and he was so embarrassed and he went bright red."

She added: "They didn't even spell it right which makes you think it could be a kid."

Staffordshire Police are appealing for witnesses following the vandal attack.

A spokesman said: "We were called to a report of criminal damage at an address on Whitehouse Road. Graffiti has been sprayed on a property and car."

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