Anger as rock thrown through window of family home

Habib Rahman and his daughter, Sharmin, 11, at their home in Pembroke Road, Stamford.  Their living room window is now boarded up after someone threw a rock through it.'Photo:  MSMP250313-004ow

Habib Rahman and his daughter, Sharmin, 11, at their home in Pembroke Road, Stamford. Their living room window is now boarded up after someone threw a rock through it.'Photo: MSMP250313-004ow

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A rock was thrown through the window of a family’s home in Stamford, narrowly missing a woman and four children.

Shahida Rahman and her children Sharmin, 11, and Hassan, 12, along with Shahida’s niece and nephew aged five and 10, were watching television at home in Pembroke Road, Stamford, when the rock smashed the glass on Friday last week at about 8.30pm.

Restaurant owner Habib Rahman was at work at The Bombay Cottage in Scotgate and was stunned when his family called him to tell him what had happened.

The rock smashed the double glazed glass and landed at the back of the television in the living room.

But Mr Rahman said: “We have lived in Stamford for 20 years and nothing like this has ever happened before.

“I just can’t figure out why anyone would do such a thing. We were very lucky that no-one was hurt.

“There was a five-year-old asleep on the sofa.”

Asked if it could have been racially motivated, Mr Rahman said: “I can’t rule it out but we have never had any problems before.

“Stamford is such a friendly town.

“We always say hello to our neighbours and people are always nice. Everybody knows us.

“I feel really angry. I just want to know who would do something like this and why.”

Mrs Rahman said at first she thought the television had exploded so didn’t rush to the window straight away.

She said: “It was really scary and it took me a minute to realise what had happened.

“My children are so scared now and they are not sleeping well.

“We are all worried and we don’t understand.”

Mr Rahman believes the person responsible must have been standing close to the window on the driveway to throw the rock hard enough to break it.

The security light was on outside and although the blinds were closed at the time, the lights inside were on.

Mr Rahman is urging people to contact the police if they have information.

He said: “Whoever is responsible must have known people were inside.”

Police did not reveal details of the incident until asked by the Mercury and then appealed for witnesses.

Police spokesman James Newall said: “If anyone was in the area or saw anything suspicious at the time, I would urge them to call police to assist us with our inquiries.”

Witnesses can call police on 101 quoting incident number 457 of March 22.