I'm not normally one for serious stuff, but I have a need for adevice or help. Long one cut short; 15 year old lad, orphan, lives with sister who is 24 and has children of her own. Family are ...........limited in their outlook and education. This lad was mugged by a woman, for £20. Not much to the or me, but to this lads family, a weeks food money. Mugger comes from large and notorious family, that live in several houses in same street as victim. The lad's sister has been abused and threatened, harrassed and assaulted by the family of muuger. Threats made to snatch her 3yr old daughter and rape her. Bad family are heavily associated with 'travellers'. My queries; how can the lads family be helped? Police have been informed, but are not taking any of it seriously. Will not interview witnesses, nor take any action regarding threats. Initial case against mugger due to be heard at court in 2 weeks. Threats are designed to make young lad withdraw. This is attempting to pervert course of justice, and when I sopke to police about this, was told that they were not serious threats. I did 20 years as a copper here, but all my contemporaries retired, and new breed just not interested. There have been 6 crimes raised by kid and sister re threats, but police do not link them as one continuous incident I'm too old to go and give a kicking to people making threats and police not interested. Any advice welcomed.