Published: 13:23, 26 March 2020
| Updated: 13:44, 26 March 2020
A couple has spoken out following repeated anti-social incidents at a multi-storey car park - including during the lockdown.
Rosanna and Ollie Hilton live opposite the Edinburgh Road Car Park in Ashford's town centre, and were left fuming after youths threw projectiles off the top last night.
Throughout the evening, the group launched cones, bricks and even a bike from the roof of the seven-storey facility.
Rosanna Hilton, who is a driving instructor and owns a horse riding company, said their street faces disruption at least four times a week by anti-social activity.
She said: "The car park itself is open to anyone, but I think it should be closed off from 6pm as people’s homes are being vandalised.
"A poor old lady had her window smashed and as was the bedroom window of a new-born baby further down the road.
"Last night, when we both come outside to tell them the police had been called, the teenagers were laughing and set off they fire alarms which rang for hours afterwards.
"The police were called by someone else on the street, and we were all outside trying to find the teens."
The 28-year-old also notes that her BMW was narrowly missed by a brick, and she had to move it to avoid damages. She has previously had to pay out after her car was hit by flying objects.
Formerly from Margate, Mrs Hilton moved to Ashford for a peaceful life but is now thinking of moving from the town due to the constant issues.
However she and her husband focus their annoyance at the "yobs" who perpetrate the disruption.
Mr Hilton said: "We have had great support in our neighbourhood.
"I posted on all the crime pages locally to make people aware of this and to keep their children in during this lockdown.
"I would like to make people aware that we love our town and we're trying to all stick together as a community through this coronavirus outbreak.
"The police response was fantastic, especially during these drastic times, so a massive thank you to them."
Kent Police has assured KentOnline that further measures will be put in place to curb the issues at the Edinburgh Road Car park.
A spokesman said: "We were called to Ashford town centre at 8.10pm on Wednesday to a report of boys throwing stones from a car park.
"Officers attended and the boys made off.
"Officers and PCSOs from the Ashford Community Safety Unit have been made aware of the report as part of their work against anti-social behaviour and extra patrols will be carried out in the area."
Ashford Borough Council, which owns the facility, has been approached for comment.
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