A DALBEATTIE man claims he is being “chased out of the town” by racist yobs – because he is English.
Graeme Stewart of William Street says the problem has become so bad he is now seeking a move away.
It follows a string of incidents which the 52-year-old insists are racially motivated.
The latest was at around 11.15pm on Sunday when a brick was lobbed through his front window.
He said: “I believe this has been done to me because I’m English.
“There can be no other reason for it. I feel I am being chased out of this town by people who don’t like outsiders.”
In 2003 he claims he was injured after slipping on ice while chasing people who had been banging his door.
And he is now worried the situation will get worse.
“It’s important to nip this in the bud before something worse happens,” he said.
“I have been called an English b****** by someone in the town I thought was a friend, and I just hope this isn’t the start of something more serious.
“It’s a form of terrorism, and in other countries it would be called genocide.
“Next time they could come back with something worse.
“I’ve been on to the council for emergency re-housing because I’m not safe here anymore.”
Mr Stewart moved to Dalbeattie in 2001 after leaving North Yorkshire.
And he claims on the very day he moved in, he was subjected to abuse because of his nationality.
He added: “I had people singing anti-English football songs as I was moving in, and I just thought “what a welcome”.
“Things had calmed down recently and I hoped all that was over.
“But it could just be the beginning.”
Police were called to the scene following the incident, and are still on the hunt for the perpetrators.
A police spokesman said: “We are following lines of enquiry.
“At the early stages of the investigation it looks to be a straight-forward case of vandalism and not a focused attack.
“We are continuing to look into the incident and searching for the culprit.”