Car attack Swansea pensioner had to wait for police visit
A SWANSEA pensioner whose car windows were smashed with a hammer had to wait five days for a visit from police.
The 71-year-old woman, who lives with her 15-year-old granddaughter, discovered the windows of her Ford Fiesta had been broken on Thursday morning last weekoutside her home on Llanllienwen Road in Morriston.
The pensioner, who did not want to be identified, called 999, received a crime reference number and was told she would be receiving a visit from police officers.
However, it was not until yesterday afternoon, just minutes before the arrival of an Evening Post photographer, that the lady received a visit in person from South Wales Police, who have also issued an official apology.
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The woman said: "I do sympathise with the police because of all the cuts they are going through, but it was a 999 call and although it wasn't the crime of the century they could have at least come out to see me.
"I stayed in all day on Friday and they never turned up.
"They said they were going to turn up and gave me an incident number."
The woman said she was later told the incident had not been handed over and that police were dealing with a major incident in Cardiff on Friday afternoon.
A spokesman for South Wales Police said: "South Wales Police is fully aware of this incident which has now been passed over to the local Neighbourhood Policing Team.
"We apologise most profusely for not meeting the expectations of the victim on this occasion."
The lady was able to secure the services of her grandson, Richard Myers, who is a mechanic and has since replaced the broken windows on her vehicle.