Darlington residents have rallied to raise money to help the victim of nightly attacks by a group of teenagers targeting his property.

Cristian Gombosanu, 38, has had most of the windows of his house smashed by a daily barrage of stones and rocks.

Since hearing the extent of the problem members of the community have come forward to rebuild his fence and a fundraiser has been started.

The Northern Echo: Residents helping Cristian Gombosanu

Vicki Heitman has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to help him, with an initial goal of £1,000.

She said: "I'm setting this up to help this poor man from Romania, he has been an England resident since 2016. 

"He owns his own home and for a year now he has been terrorised and ended up a prisoner in his own home.

"He has slipped through the cracks and is not getting the help he needs.

"We have some kind people doing food parcels for him now.

"We are trying to raise money to sort his gas out and se if we can get his windows fixed.

The Northern Echo: Residents helping Cristian Gombosanu

"No one deserves to live in fear in their own home. 

"Christian is so happy with the help he has received so far.

"He just wants to live happily in his own home, free from racism and discrimination.

"If anyone can help it would be so appreciated. 

"Thank you everyone, anything will help. Let's show Cristian Darlington people do come together."

Peter Gibson, Conservative MP for Darlington, said: "I am pleased to see the community pulling together to support Cristian and credit those residents and businesses who have done so much.

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"We are at out best when we pull together. 

Having engaged extensively with local police over the past 48 hours I am pleased to learn of the support the police have given including additional patrols in the area.

"I repeat my message to report all anti-social behaviour to the community and if you wish to stay anonymous then Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 is the number."

If you want to contribute to the Go Fund Me, click here to have a look.