Hoons hold street to ransom
IT'S a nice, quiet, suburban Coffs Harbour street. But to resident Warren, it's a living hell because he has managed to anger the neighbours from hell, and he's paid the price. "The street lives in fear of these clowns," Warren said. "These guys regularly hoon up and down the street. They have parties that go from 6pm to 6am. "They'll stand out there and abuse you. And because they have a scanner I think, when the police come, they have it all quietened down. "Can you imagine being 60 or 70-years-old and having to live with that? And in this street there are a lot of older people." Last week, Warren had had enough, so he decided to stand up to his neighbours. "On Tuesday evening, there was a guy on a bike hooking in up and down the street," Warren said. "So I came out and waited for him and yelled at him to wake up to himself. "The next day they were out again, and I yelled at them that they were a bunch of wankers. "They stopped here (in front of Warren's house) and one of them pointed his finger at me and said 'We're going to get you'." Not one to panic, Warren thought nothing of it, but that night, he was woken by the sound of smashed glass. "When I heard the crash that night, I knew what it was, but I wasn't going to get up at midnight," he said. In the morning, Warren found his car's windscreen and two side windows smashed, and his car covered in peanut butter and egg. His boat looked as though it had been taken to with an axe. Then, returning home on Friday, Warren was driving slowly along his street when he saw his neighbours at the front of their house. "I stopped and they said, 'What are you looking at?'. I started reversing, then quickly realised what I was doing and stopped. "They started throwing beer bottles at me and one guy ran towards me and launched himself at my car. The result ? yet another broken car window. "It's that pack mentality, and when they're in that mode, they're really dangerous because they egg each other on," he said. "I know my actions that stirred these guys up were wrong, but I saw red." Warren was only ever staying for the short term, so he will be leaving the street soon. But he is concerned for the other residents. "I'll get another car, but for the people who live here, it's just going to continue," he said. And despite what it has already cost him, Warren doesn't regret telling his neighbours what he thought of their actions. "There is a saying that says evil happens when good men stay silent. "I just couldn't stay silent," Warren said.