Couple scared by anonymous letter left on car

Cottingham residents Robert & Mavis Howden and their neighbours Kenny & Lynn Elder have had an anonymous letter put on their car windscreens in a dispute about parking.
Cottingham residents Robert & Mavis Howden and their neighbours Kenny & Lynn Elder have had an anonymous letter put on their car windscreens in a dispute about parking.
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A couple are upset after an anonymous letter was put on their car’s windscreen in a dispute about parking.

Robert and Mavis Howden, of Mill Road, Cottingham, park outside their bungalow because it doesn’t have a drive or dropped kerb and say people who want to park there to drop off and pick up their children from school are complaining to the PCSO about them.

The anonymous letter, which was left on the car at about 7am on Monday, February 4, has left them scared. Mavis said: “We were moved here from Corby in May last year because my husband has mobility problems.

“Everyone is very friendly, we can’t understand why someone would do this.

“This letter has left us scared and stressed because we don’t know what will happen next.”

The anonymous letter, signed by a “concerned and somewhat frustrated driver” said: “You and the drivers of two other vehicles park in the middle of a junction. I note that this area is coned off, surely this would be a clue for you of the dangers of parking here.”

However, the Howdens say the cones were put near the junction by the police when pupils went back to school after Christmas and that the PCSO Mark Tooley has told them they are all right to park where they do.

Mrs Howden added: “Our neighbours have planning permission for a dropped kerb but haven’t got the money to pay for one.

“We don’t have the money either but we’re willing to pay for a dropped kerb if it could be added to our rates or rent or something until we’ve paid for it.”

Sgt Ade Smith, the rural sergeant, said parking was one of the rural team’s top priorities. He said: “It’s a bit of a hot potato and a priority for us. Mark is working with Corby Council, highways and the residents to find a solution, for example dropped kerbs.

“They are not necessarily doing anything dangerous parking where they do but we will get it sorted.”