A man who is dedicated to caring for his disabled wife has claimed that the police are unable to protect them from vile yobs.

Darren Carney has told the ECHO that youths had repeatedly targeted their home in Walton over the last decade , making their lives a misery. Mr Carney, whose wife suffers from cerebral palsy, said that he has reported ‘hundreds of incidents’ to police over the past ten years.

He said that his home and car have been repeatedly vandalised. On one occasion paint was thrown over the car, and the wipers ripped off.

The Walton resident decided to contact the ECHO after two serious incidents at his home off Walton Hall Avenue. On Tuesday evening a firework was thrown at him as he smoked a cigarette in his back garden. This followed an incident when yobs slashed his car tyres.

He said: “The firework burnt my hand, but what really annoyed me is that my wife often sits with me in the garden. The firework could have hit her. The decking in my garden is wooden, and that could easily of caught fire.

“And they have been targeting my car for years now. Because Joanne suffers from cerebral palsy the car is a lifeline for us.”

CCTV which appears to show a yob slashing the tyres on Darren Carney’s car

Mr Carney told the ECHO that the police had told me they were ‘powerless to help’ him due to funding cuts. He said: “One officer told me that this would go on for another ten years because they could not help. I have been told that the police now has to concentrate on gun crime, large sporting events and terrorism.

“They simply do not have manpower to deal with anti-social behaviour of this type. One officer told me that if they printed out all the incidents at my home it would longer than a toilet roll. He advised me to move.

“But I don’t want to move. I have invested thousands of pounds in this home over the last ten years, and that money will have been down the drain if I move.

CCTV which appears to show a yob slashing the tyres on Darren Carney’s car

“I want to highlight the misery that we have to had to endure. A lot of ordinary people out there imagine the police will be there for them, not matter what. But from my experience I can say that is not always the case.”

Inspector Graeme Rooney said to the ECHO: “We received a report on Tuesday 19 September that a member of the public had been hit by a firework while in his garden.

“Officers have spoken with this man and the community team are making contact in order to ascertain how they can work with partner agencies to prevent a repeat of this happening.

CCTV which appears to show a yob slashing the tyres on Darren Carney’s car

“Protecting our communities is a priority for Merseyside Police. I understand that when there are incidents of antisocial behaviour that law-abiding members of the public are rightly concerned but I want to reassure them that as Force we are committed to finding the people responsible and bringing them to justice.

CCTV which shows a firework landing in Mr Carney’s backgarden

“We continue to work closely with our partner agencies to combat antisocial behaviour and criminality and have a number of initiatives with local schools to engage children at a young age.

“But we know we cannot do this alone and I would appeal to members of the public to come forward and give us information about the people responsible for antisocial behaviour in their communities.”