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David Ask

ew: Police chief claims failure by housing bodiesThe man hounded to death by “bear-baiting” neighbourhood yobs for up to 20 years was failed by housing bosses, a police chief claimed yesterday. David Askew, 64, w

ho had learning difficulties, collapsed outside his home on Wednesday after confronting yobs who had broken his garden gate. Police said they knew Mr Askew had suffered abuse “on and off” for 10 years as neighbours told how yobs shouted abuse at “Dopey Dave”, asked for cash and cigarettes and threw stones. But Gtr Manchester Chief Constable Peter Fahy said they had taken action to protect him and blamed housing officials for not re-housing the family sooner. He said: “We have been working very closely with that family dealing with some of the offenders. “It got to the stage where we have been working with people to get David re-housed. The fact is that’s taken too long and sadly he died while we were w

aiting for it to come through. Th

at’s my concern, why it has taken so long.” And defending

his force’s actions, he added: “David’s family have issued a statement saying that they think the service they received from police has been superb.” His accusation came as disturbing footage obtained from ITV News (below) of Mr Askew being tormented by a youth were released. The images, filmed recently on a mobile phone by a neighbour, show a boy in tracksuit bottoms and

navy hooded top taunting the 64-year-old as he stands just inches from his fence. Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will start in8CancelPlay now Arms held out wide and at first appearing to confront the boy, Mr Askew then holds his head in despair before he bites his hand in

frustration. His tormentor calmly stands unmoved by his fence. In another scene Mr Askew is mocked and taunted as he flees two youngsters on the pavement outside the house he shared with his wheelchair-bound mum Rose, 88, and brother Bryan in Hattersley, Gtr Manchester. But yesterday, the Peak Valley Housing Association strenuously denied they had failed to act to re-house them and said police knew of their efforts to help. Managing director Phil Corris said Mrs Askew, as the sitting tenant, only agreed within the last two weeks to be re-housed after insisting she didn’t want to move. He said : “For some time now, we have been working with other agencies to persuade her to move to a property better suited to her mobility needs. “However, until very recently Mrs Askew remained adamant that she wished to remain in the property where she was close to local amenities. “Within the last two weeks, however, our housing officer and the local police managed to persuade Mrs Askew to apply for a new home in Hattersley that would better meet her mobility issues. The relevant paperwork was completed.” Mr Corris added that local policing colleagues were aware of the recent application process. He adde

d: “Our thoug

hts are with Mrs Askew and her family at this time and we will be visiting her shortly

to express our condolences personally.” David’s mother Rose yesterday paid trib

ute to her son. She said: “I just want to say that David was a very happy person. He was kind and thoughtful. “He was a true gentleman and would often help me around the house and with shopping. He wouldn’t hurt a fly and he never saw bad in anyone. “He always put others first. “I would like to tell you how the police have been a great help to me. We have had a lot of issues over the years with kids causing problems. “Over the last two years the police have been superb. We have had regular contact with the local beat officers and they often pop by to see how we are doing. “They even helped with improving the safety of our home. They have done as much as anyone could do.” Two policemen stood guard outside the house yesterday as a council worker boarded up the gap left by the gate, which was removed for evidence. A neighbour, Ian Barker, had told how he heard Mr Askew shouting at the teenagers before he collapsed. He said: “He seemed really agitated. They were throwing sticks at the windows and one or two of them were in the garden. “David was getting more and more

upset and I heard him say ‘they are smashing my gate’.” Flowers marked the spot where he died, left by his neighbours and friends. “Dave you will be sadly missed by lots and never

forgotten. Always in our thoughts, now you can rest in peace, from Lisa, Von and family,” a card left at the sce

ne read. “Hope your family get justice for what these people have done to

you. You are in a safer place now. Candice and Daniel,” was written on a note pinned to a teddy bear. Another tribute, from “Karen and Penny” simply said: “Hope you get justice. Sleep tight.” The results of a postmortem on Mr Askew have proved inconclusive so further tests will have to be carried out to determine cause of death. Police yesterday continued to interview an 18-year-old boy arrested over the manslaughter of Mr Askew. The force has voluntarily sent the case to the Independent Police Complaints C

ommission. A spokesman for Tameside Council said the estate where Mr Askew lived had been transferred from Manchester City Council to Peak Valley Housing Association several years ago.

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