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Residents and students suffer school run road rage attacks in Northwood
MOTORISTS and neighbours near a Northwood school have been subjected to a catalogue of road rage attacks during rush hour.
Racial abuse, threats of violence and vandalism are commonplace during pick-up and drop-off times, fed-up residents claim.
Students have also been targeted as school run traffic clogs the streets at the beginning and end of the day.
The Gazette reported in February how Janine Hoole, of Dormans Close, slammed 'selfish' parents for occupying spaces while dropping off or collecting their children at Northwood College, in Maxwell Road.
Now residents in nearby Hawkesworth Close have voiced their anger about the problem, which they say is making their lives a misery.
Retired pensioner, Mrs Rudge, is so fed up of the abuse that she has vowed to move away from the area.
The 72-year-old said: "There are no parking restrictions on Hawkesworth Close so we bear the brunt of the problem.
"Last week a man parked in front of my garage, waiting to collect his child from the school.
"I wanted to put a big box inside and the door was blocked so I politely asked him to move, and he said 'in a minute'.
"I waited then asked him again, and he got out of his car and tore off the notice that said the garage was private property, screwed it up and said 'that's what I think of your notice, you white trash. I can do what I want.'
"My car has also been repeatedly vandalised and recently an offensive swear word was scratched on my bonnet.
Mrs Rudge added: "We used to love living here but we can't take it any more and we have been driven out of our own home.
"We have put the house on the market and hope to move away as soon as we can."
Northwood College spokesperson, Alison Cameron, said: "Two of our girls had their cars scratched in Hawkesworth Close and were incredibly upset. We have also had girls' cars scratched by someone putting parking cones on top of their cars.
"One girl had to lock herself in her car as she was so scared after being verbally abused.
"We reported it to the police and were told they were not parked anywhere they shouldn't have been."
Mrs Rudge, together with more than 50 residents in Hawkesworth Close, submitted a petition requesting parking restrictions to Hillingdon Council last summer.
A hearing took place before Christmas but Mrs Rudge says she was told any action would be delayed until further notice.
A council spokesperson confirmed residents will be consulted on a potential parking scheme in Hawkesworth Close, with letters hand delivered to every address, however earlier proposed schemes are a priority.
A decision will be made based on the subsequent feedback.
Anyone who has had their property vandalised or is subject to threatening behaviour can contact Northwood Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) on 020 8721 2545 or 07909 872377.
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