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Golf-ball goon a menace in village

Under attack: Neighbours are fed up with golf balls being thrown at their homes and property PICTURES: SWNS

RESIDENTS are bunkering down after a mystery attacker has spent two months bombarding their village with golf balls.

Hundreds have been lobbed at houses, people and cars in the quiet village of Barming, Kent.

Neighbours have been terrorised by the flying missiles which struck a woman twice while she watered her garden and narrowly missed children playing outside.

Local Malcolm Austin, 65, fears for people’s safety, saying police have not acted despite being called several times.

The grandfather-of-seven said: ‘My biggest concern is my grandchildren and other children who play in the close.

Lethal: Some of the golf balls collected from the attacks

‘It’s only a matter of time until one of them gets hit on the head. It could potentially kill someone. If anybody was hit on the head by one from height it would be like a bullet.

‘Someone might as well stand outside with a shotgun.’

The former businessman added: ‘It’s lethal. The balls are rock solid. You just don’t know when they are going to come down from the sky.

‘I was in the garden with my family having a few drinks and there were five children in the paddling pool when a ball landed on the gazebo. What if it had landed on one of their heads?

‘Our lives have been disrupted by some idiot who doesn’t realise the danger.’

Another resident, Steff Plester, 50, added: ‘It’s actually been really scary because you never know when a ball is going to come and the possibility of it hitting you.

‘My main concern is being hit on the head or my two dogs being struck and I’m concerned about the children who play in this road, one of them is going to be hit.’

Kent Police said it was aware of a number of incidents and was investigating.