More victims of towpath threats

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At least six more people have been threatened near a canal towpath in Harborough, one of whom had their rear car window shot out.

The Mail reported last week how a couple aged in their 20s, had been threatened by three youths with an air rifle on Sunday, February 15.

It happened on the canal towpath, not far from the Forest Gate car dealership.

But it emerged this week that there have been at least six other people threatened at, or near, the same site over the past six months.

Police say two separate couples were threatened on February 15.

One of those couples – whose story we reported last week – are angry the police did not act quicker to catch the youths red-handed.

The couple also said they did not receive a visit from any officer offering support of reassurance, as was reported in last week’s edition.

The police say this support was offered to a different couple, who were threatened at about 3.30pm on the day.

Meanwhile, a town man with a pet Airedale dog contacted the Mail last Thursday to say he was threatened by youths fitting a similar description about six months ago. They threatened to shoot his dog with a catapult and actually fired several shots at the man as he left the scene.

Harborough-based charity Voluntary Action South Leicestershire confirmed that one of its volunteer drivers was shot at as she drove past The Woodlands lay-by at night about six months ago.

Her rear window was shot out. The charity reported it to police and warned its other drivers.

And two further people on social media network Twitter say they have been verbally abused or threatened along the towpath in recent months.

A police spokeswomman said: “The force did receive a number of calls on February 15 regarding anti-social behaviour along the canal towpath.

“Officers attended the area and enquiries have been carried out locally and a number of people have been spoken to about the incidents.

“Officers take all reports of such incidents seriously.”