Hornchurch man’s terrifying attack after vandals throw bricks through windows

A man suffering from Parkinson’s disease was subjected to a terrifying attack when vandals threw six bricks through his house windows.

Barry Maydell, 70, of Acacia Avenue, Hornchurch, was sitting in his lounge on Sunday night when the bricks were thrown at his windows while he sat only a few feet away. The kitchen window was smashed, and one brick was found 23 feet away near the back door.

The lounge window was cracked.


Barry was at home alone when the attack happened.

He said: “I was watching a film when I heard what sounded like a shotgun or a glass explosion.

“I ran outside to see what it was and found three bricks outside. The other three were inside the kitchen.

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“If it had come through the lounge window it would have been a completely different scenario as I could have been dead.”

He added that he was in shock after the attack.

He said: “I suffer from Parkinson’s in my left arm and leg, and after this happened the shaking got worse.

“It has wound me up that someone has done this. I have lived here since 1966 and never had anything like this.”

His son Tony said: “My dad is in his 70s and has not got an enemy in the world. It did shake him up – who would want to see that happen?

“There was no car in the driveway and the light was off, so they probably thought no one was home. It could have been a lot worse.”

Barry’s wife Sheila said: “The bricks ended up near the back door, so they must have thrown them with some force. My neighbour heard the noise and chased the boys, but they got away, and then another neighbour went in his car looking for them.

“I am devastated about it, but I am grateful the bricks only went through the kitchen window and not the lounge window because Barry was sitting near the window and they would have hit him.”

Officers are looking for three or four boys aged 14 to 15-years-old, who were wearing dark clothing. Anyone with information should call police on 101.