A GANG of feral youths terrorised an 80-year-old widower every night for six weeks before he died in a botched home raid, The Sun Online can reveal today.
Pat Marron, 80, was being tormented by feral teens who loitered by his terraced house in Wisbech, Cambs, according to devastated neighbours.
Friends said that Pat Marron was said to have a ‘great sense of humour and would help anyone’[/caption]
He had two sons and his wife Anne died from cancer three years ago[/caption]
One neighbour today told how “four or five” teens had congregated outside the grandad’s home “every night for six weeks”.
He was so concerned he even put up dummy security cameras and had a sign which said “Danger: loose dogs” despite having a cat in a desperate bid to stay safe.
Locals claim the pensioner was confronted by hammer-wielding youths in a raid gone wrong on Saturday — days after they sat outside his home waving crowbars.
Mr Marron was pronounced dead at his home after collapsing from a suspected heart attack.
TEENAGE GIRLS ARRESTED
Two teenage girls – aged 14 and 16 – were quizzed on suspicion of murder and have since been released on bail.
Today neighbours revealed how yobs were causing misery in the picturesque market town.
One local, who asked not to be named, said: “It’s been going on since the beginning of the summer holidays.
“There’s four or five them on the corner every night.
“I saw two of them a couple of weeks ago with hammers and crowbars, threatening people up the road.
“They’ve been threatening other people – kids. They’re just f***ing wrong ‘uns.
“Paddy was a nice old boy and I think he’d had enough.”
Mr Marron’s family told of their torment
Thomas McCartney and wife Trisha – Mr Marron’s niece – flew from their home in Co Monaghan, Ireland, after learning of the tragedy.
I saw two of them a couple of weeks ago with hammers and crowbars, threatening people up the road. Paddy was a nice old boy and I think he’d had enough.
Mr McCartney, 56, told The Sun Online: “Paddy was a great character. Always joking, you know.
“But he wouldn’t take any mess if people were coming onto his property. He wouldn’t walk away or run away, he would have faced them. There’s no doubt about it.
“He wouldn’t be a man to complain about something, he’d just sort it out himself.
“If someone was clambering over his property, he would have stood up for himself. He would have had no fear. He was that type of man.
“Two years ago, I saw him up on a ladder putting a camera up at near 80 years of age.
“He put up a dummy one – but he should have put up a real one. He would just take care of things himself.”
“He was in his eighties but he looked 65. He was a fit, hardy fella.”
Mr Marron, a retired road construction foreman, lived alone after losing his wife Ann, who died in 2016 aged 71.
He wouldn’t walk away or run away, he would have faced them. There’s no doubt about it.
Originally from Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, in Ireland, he had lived on the same council estate for more than four decades.
Another neighbour said: “I’ve lived here 30 years and it’s never been as bad as it is now.
“There are kids on bikes doing wheelies at oncoming cars, forcing them to dodge out of the way.
“Families don’t take their kids to the park anymore because it’s just not safe.
“This used to be a nice little town but you wouldn’t want to live here now.”
But outside a row of shops, just 600ft from Mr Marron’s home, a man clutching a can of cider denied there were anti-social problems.
He said: “It’s fine around here, mate. There’s no problems at all.
“It’s just a council estate, ain’t it?”
The girls quizzed on suspicion of murder were released on bail over the “unexplained death”.
A third girl, 12, and a man, 20, were released without facing further action.
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A police spokesman said: “We were called at about 5pm on Saturday by the ambulance service with reports of a man in a cardiac arrest.
“The man, in his 80s, sadly passed away at the scene. At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained.
“Three girls aged 12, 14 and 16 and a 20-year-old man were arrested in connection with the incident. Two girls aged 14 and 16 have been bailed until 25 October.
“The other 12-year-old girl and the man have been released with no further action.”
Cops cordoned off the scene in Wisbech, Cambs[/caption]
Flowers have been left outside his house[/caption]
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