BBC News | WALES | Paediatrician attacks ‘ignorant’ vandals
A hospital paediatrician has hit out at vandals who forced her to flee her home after apparently taking her job title to mean she was a paedophile.
South African-born Yvette Cloete – a 30-year-old trainee consultant at the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, south Wales – said she planned to move home after returning to find the outside of her property daubed with the words “paedo”.
She said she can not rule out the possibility that the paint attack was connected with her job at the hospital.
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She also praised the friendly neighbourhood where she had lived with her brother Andre, 24, in the village of St Brides, and said she had become a victim of ignorance.
Speaking for the first time since the attack on the rented home she has vowed never to return to, she described the shock of discovering what had happened.
“It is just unbelievable. It is terrible that people think that they have the right to vandalise your property like this no matter what you have done.
“We telephoned the police immediately and began to clean off the words as soon as we could. You think that your home is a place to go to to be safe so it is a shock when something like this happens.”
Ms Cloete said the graffiti had been daubed across the front door windows and surrounding woodwork on Monday.