A pregnant mum came home from a holiday with her disabled son to find her garden wall had been torn down.
Donna Nickerson said she believed a gang of youths were responsible after neighbours spotted three “in dark hoodies” dismantling the brick wall and ripping apart the wood-panel fence at her ground-floor council flat.
The 35-year-old, of Gabalfa, Cardiff, said the toppled wall has stopped her six-year-old son Dylan from being able to play in the garden. She urged Cardiff council to install alleygates in her neighbourhood to prevent more vandalism, which the council said it will be doing in days.
Miss Nickerson, who is due to give birth in eight weeks, said: “I just can’t believe that the youths of today can do this stuff to people’s properties that they don’t even know. I just don’t know why people would do that.”
The incident was reported to police by neighbours on July 23. Miss Nickerson and Dylan had gone on holiday to West Wales two days earlier. They returned on Friday to find their back garden destroyed.
Miss Nickerson said: “Someone had literally kicked the wall in and all the fencing.”
Dylan suffers from a left-side weakness to the body and is confined to a wheelchair.
She said she spent £400 to build a 5ft wood-panel fence and create a pleasant garden for her son. She added: “I saved for months and I got that put up for my son.
“I didn’t want Dylan getting out or people coming in and making fun of him. It was just basically for his safety and to be able to have his own toys out the back.”
Councillor Judith Woodman said: “The council is currently in the process of installing two side entrance gates to the alleyway, with access only permitted to those who live in the block of flats at Colwill Road.
“Each flat will be given two keys to access the gates. We are hopeful these gates will be installed by the end of the week.”
Anyone with information on the incident can contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.