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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
A teenager believes a drunken gang of youths trashed her “lifeline” moped while she was at a Christmas party in the quiet north Norfolk village of Banningham, near Aylsham.
Ellena Atkins, 17, and her dad Mel want to bring the alleged vandals to justice and are appealing for witnesses to contact the police.
Liz Wolfe, whose daughter Bryonie was throwing the party, said a member of staff at the nearby Crown pub had seen a group of men in the road with a moped as she left work.
Mr Atkins, of Wesley Close, Mundesley, said police had originally thought that the moped might have been blown over by the wind.
“All the panels have broken off, the headlight’s broken, the brake lever’s broken, both mirrors are broken, the handlebars are bent, one of the brake callipers has been broken off, the rear mudguard is broken and all four indicators are broken - no-one can say that the wind did all that,” he added.
Ellena, a Paston College student, and her friends went to investigate when they heard whistling in the drive of Bryonie’s home in Church Close at about 1.30am on Sunday morning and said they saw two men run off, leaving three behind.
One was very drunk and the other two were riding BMX bikes. All were aged about 20-35, she said.
Noticing her moped on the floor, Ellena challenged the men who denied having touched it. While Bryonie called the police, Ellena said the drunken man had become very rowdy and had got very close to her face, spitting and swearing.
The men went away before the police arrived. Police have confirmed that there was also a theft from a car at about the same time in Church Close.
The Honda Sky 50cc moped, worth about £500, was a gift from Ellena’s granddad and she said she could not afford to repair it.
“It’s my lifeline. I need it for college and it’s Christmas - I want to be able to visit my mates. I’m really angry - what profit is there for them in trashing it?” she said.
Ms Wolfe said she had been asleep during the incident and wished the girls had woken her. “I’m shocked that something like this should happen in our village,” she added.
■ Contact PC Mark Pannell, of North Walsham police, on 101.