A mother living on the street says her children are now too scared to go to sleep after seeing a group of “25 boys” attack houses in broad daylight
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This is the shocking moment when a balaclava-clad mob attacked unsuspecting homes with sledgehammers in broad daylight.
The gang arrived in convoy before destroying homes on a quiet residential street, with one of the attackers being heard screaming “tell him he’s dead”.
Dramatic footage shows the gang, dressed in dark clothing and spooky balaclavas, splitting in different directions before damaging several houses on the street while terrified children play on the nearby green.
Loud bangs are then heard as sledgehammers hit properties on Brettenham Avenue in Middlesbrough.
A mother who lives on the street said her children are now too scared to go to sleep after seeing a group of “25 boys” attack the houses, while another neighbor described the situation as “pandemonium “ referred to.
The incident happened around 7pm on Saturday night, with the video being shared hundreds of times on social media.
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An image from the clip shows the masked men, who reportedly appeared in a convoy of vehicles, carrying guns. TeessideLive reports.
Photos taken on Monday show the aftermath of the attack, with damaged properties boarded up.
Cleveland police confirmed they received multiple calls as the Easterside drama unfolded, but said the suspects left the scene by the time officers arrived.
Investigators are now investigating.
Residents spoke of the “scary” ordeal, with one mother saying her child was “traumatized”.
A neighbor said he was in his living room when the gang started smashing the front windows.
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“They all had balaclavas on, it was just a mess,” he said. “I was sat down and heard an almighty bang and when I got up to open the door they smashed the window and then left.”
The man said the group of people were carrying “sledgehammers and baseball bats” and “all the kids were playing on the green” when they arrived, adding that he didn’t know why the incident happened.
Some residents were wary of speaking out, with one person adding: “Loose lips sink ships.”
A mother explained how the incident left her child traumatized after seeing a gang of “25 boys” run off with an array of weapons, one she described as a machete.
She explained: “About 25 guys ran out of five cars. The children were all traumatized – [my child] came running and yelled at us. I grabbed her and ran up the stairs – it was brutal. Every single one of them wore balaclavas.
“We’ll close the blinds immediately. The children are petrified and don’t want to sleep without a light.
Another resident added: “It was awful, it was like watching something on TV. In all these years I’ve never seen anything like it, it’s very scary. No kids have played on the green since then, and “The green is usually full of kids.”
A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “Police received multiple calls around 7pm on Saturday night about a large group of men who had arrived in multiple vehicles and were causing damage to a number of homes on Brettenham Avenue in Middlesbrough.
“Officials were present, but the suspects had left the scene. Investigations are ongoing by Middlesbrough CID and we would urge anyone with information that might assist to contact Cleveland Police on number 101 quoting reference 109520.
“If you don’t want to speak to the police, you can share information anonymously www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by telephone on 0800 555 111.”
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