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Your Rights Under the Protection From Harassment Act 1997

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 29 Nov 2016 | comments*Discuss
 
Protection From Harassment Act Criminal

Harassment can cause alarm, fear and distress. Many people who are the victims of any kind of harassment can end up becoming ill, both mentally and physically, as a result. It will almost certainly lead to increased stress which can have a major impact in raising blood pressure.

Harassment can also lead to insomnia, anxiety and depression, poor concentration and can dramatically affect your self-confidence and self-respect. People who are being harassed may take excessive intakes of alcohol or drugs to try to alleviate the problem which will, ultimately, only make matters worse. The Protection From Harassment Act 1997 offers you Protection From this Unwanted Behaviour.

The Protection From Harassment Act 1997

Under this Act it becomes a criminal offence if you:

  • Cause alarm, harassment or distress more than once as a result of an action you conduct against another person. The conduct might be verbal or non-verbal and it doesn’t have to be the same type of action on each occasion – if the person feels alarmed, harassed or distressed by your actions, then it is deemed harassment, even if that was not your intention.
  • Take any kind of action against another person which causes a fear of violence. This must happen on at least two occasions. The alleged offender must be aware, or ought to be aware, that their actions are likely to induce a fear of violence in the other person.

Civil Injunctions

The Protection From Harassment Act 1997 also permits you to take out a civil injunction against the alleged offender, as a right to protection and possible compensation in cases where a criminal prosecution isn’t appropriate or there is insufficient evidence to pursue a criminal case. This can be very useful as it’s often a civil injunction being put in place which will prevent the alleged offender from persisting with the behaviour.

Police Assistance

If you feel you are at immediate risk of violence as a result of harassment, then you should Call The Police. Under The Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, the police can force the alleged offender to leave the vicinity of your home or the location where you might be at the time, and they have the powers of arrest if the alleged offender fails to comply with this order.

Dealing With Stalkers

Harassment isn’t always about people wanting to cause harm to another. Sometimes, it’s completely the opposite. People who might have a strong admiration and perceived ‘love’ for another person can end up becoming so obsessed that they might end up stalking you. This doesn’t necessarily mean just following you around or calling you on the phone, but would include situations where they are writing to you persistently and/or sending you unwanted gifts. And, should this be the case, then they are also guilty of causing harassment for which they can ultimately be prosecuted.

Therefore, whether it’s the intention of the alleged offender to cause harm by their harassment or not, or even if they’re unaware they might be causing alarm or distress, it is still an offence under the Act.

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Hi I'm just posting this on the off chance that someone will know what to do,I liv in a 4 in a block I have a neighbour underneath me,who has a bought house & im housing association! I've only been here for about 12 weeks & at the beginning when I came 2 view the property I seen him on several occasions, & straight away both me & my mum thought that there was something not right, as we would always see him with a big joint sticking out his mouth, that doesn't really bother me, but in the last 4 weeks I've had too have this neighbour arrested & charged 3 times with disturbing the peace & threatening behaviour towards me, it all started a few weeks ago wen I was at my kitchen window having a cigarette as I had just decorated & didn't want 2 smoke in the house, I was listening 2 some music on my iPhone from Spotify there was no extra sound speakers attached too my phone only the iPhone sound which wasn't loud at all, the back garden was really dark & all I heard was someone saying "Hey do you want to turn the music down weirdo" then his back garden light came on, that's wen I noticed it was the neighbour underneath me, & I said yeah sure sorry I didn't think the music was that loud! Well he started shouting really loudly I was absolutely mortified, he was obviously away with the drugs, shouting out loud where I'm sure other neighbours could have heard, he said have you been recording me & my kids in the back garden, I said don't be so stupid, he then proceeded to threaten me by saying come 2 your front door, which I didn't, then he started kicking the door, I dialled 999 & the police came out, I told them the story off what he said & done, also I offered them every piece off recording equipment I had & they said there was no need for that but thanks for your cooperation in the matter, They then went & arrested the neighbour he was then let back out & a few days later he started again with me & my mum, I have voice memo recordings which the police told me to do wen I'm leaving my home & coming back home, it's been absolutely horrendous, he then got arrested & charged again with bail conditions, but that still didn't stop him, since then he's spat all over my front door, ringing my doorbell at 3/4/5am in the morning & banging my front door, & just last night he shouted at the top off his voice my name 2 waken me up, I really don't know how much more off this I can take, I feel like I'm ready 2 take a nervous breakdown, I have depression this is making it worse, I'm feeling very low all the time I dread when I'm going out & the same when I'm coming home, the police have been really good about this but I just don't think this is ever going 2 end!!! I feel he's picking on me because I live alone & im gay! Please please someone have an answer for me as I'm at the end off my mind!! Thanks for reading my story!
AB - 29-Nov-16 @ 10:54 PM
Hi. I have a harrassment order on my daughters dad for domestic violence and threating behaviour. He does have a previous of domestic violence but this was after i was with him. He has been to prison for it but on his girlfriend after me and harrasment order from girls after her. He is on drugs and is very un predictable. My daughter doesnt want to see him because he scares her and i have qitnessed him speaking to her like trash. She is 6 years old bless her. The harrasment order has been on him for roughly 4 weeks but my partner and i have found out i am expecting another baby in 2017. I have heard he is making threats to be beat my partner up. Being pregnant and trying to protect a innocent little girl and son from all this os draining me. I have gone paranoid and feel emotionally and psychicaly drained and do not feel prtoected with the harrasment order in place. I am paranoid once he finds out im having a baby he is going to try and harm me or come back to try an attack me. I am constantly on edge. Please tell me there is something i can do to help me and my family feel safe. This will be my third child and i really so not need the worry of him waiting to attack and if i know this man like i think i do this is nowhere near then end. Please help.
2016 - 25-Nov-16 @ 10:13 PM
Madison - Your Question:
Couple of months ago my 16yrold and 18yr old took theirlittle sister and brother to the shops,their was a gang of youths stood on the path with their bikes thrown on the floor,my daughter asked them nicely could they move them so theu didnt have to walk on the road,thes youths thrown aload of abuse at my childrencalling them disgusting names,ever since they have targeted my 16yr old son,callinghim coming upto him on bikes,he hasnt been out for a month now,ony to school and back,these youths dont go to school,its causing alot of distress for my son and my little daughter wont walk to the shop without me now,is their anything I can do.

Our Response:
Yes, speak to your local Police Community Support Officer about this.
ProblemNeighbours - 25-Nov-16 @ 12:14 PM
Tj - Your Question:
My partner has been accused of sending some nasty txt but he did not do this and is stressing out about this. Where dors he stand and what can we do about the accuser? Thanks

Our Response:
Perhaps if the case is investigated further, he can offer his phone up for examination. Surely that will prove his case?
ProblemNeighbours - 24-Nov-16 @ 12:43 PM
Couple of months ago my 16yrold and 18yr old took theirlittle sister and brother to the shops,their was a gang of youths stood on the path with their bikes thrown on the floor,my daughter asked them nicely could they move them so theu didnt have to walk on the road,thes youths thrown aload of abuse at my childrencalling them disgusting names,ever since they have targeted my 16yr old son,callinghim coming upto him on bikes,he hasnt been out for a month now,on y to school and back,these youths dont go to school,its causing alot of distress for my son and my little daughter wont walk to the shop without me now,is their anything i can do .
Madison - 24-Nov-16 @ 10:21 AM
My partner has been accused of sending some nasty txt but he did not do this and is stressing out about this . Where dors he stand and what can we do about the accuser?Thanks
Tj - 23-Nov-16 @ 6:03 PM
I am at a point in my life ( 68 yrs old disabled)when I should be living without fear andthe affects of a very unstable neighbour, I have been newly diagnosed as diabetes type 2with complications ,need complete rest and free of stress.but this guy is giving me hell in every way possible.iv reported it to police 101 and local council but nothing's done at all.
Samara - 22-Nov-16 @ 6:39 PM
I let my boyfriend stay over now and again in which I had him arrested for rape within relationship when he apologised I took things very slow but after I saw him drink a lot I tried to break up with him and was constantly harassed I did lash out and got a caution but he still kept harassing me to the point I had police watching the house but every time they went he would knock and go by the time the police knocked I ended up moving house and he ended up taking over the house as he didn't even ask just expected it I thought it was safer for me to just let him have it and then leave. I had another relationship for a year which I ended as the man was quite controlling basically using me to talk at and telling me to shut up a lot. I did stay in contact with my ex as we had been friends for a cpl of yrs after a while he really looked like he turned things around clean house good attitude giving up drinking after some time I did go back to him we had a gorgeous baby 2 years later and now I've had the baby it's started all over again I've left him for good now just the issues it caused and amount of debt I went in to thinking I was being a good person (I realise now this was him promoting all this as me being a good person) I'm asking for subject access request as I do not want contact with him for at least 3 months he has no parental responsibility and I am seeking advice re:contact with baby. I can't talk to him when he is intoxicated and my inner peace and my children's is coming first way before him or anyone else from now on. Lesson learnt or more action required? I feel the subject access will give me better view on steps to take next
Carly - 20-Nov-16 @ 9:32 AM
I'm widowed with 3 boys but currently staying with a 26 and 16yrs old boys. The 26 yrs old is smoking dagga and start stealing my clothes, shoes, 2-cameras, underwares, wedding ring, 2-bicycles, grandson's clothes, beddings, and many more items are missing. I've been locking my bedroom and only yesterday I found out that he had my duplicate key without my permission. He insult me and talks to me the way he wants. He said I will have peace when he's jailed or dead. Police advised me to obtain a protection order, and willing to do so tomorrow (Monday) the 21st Nov 2016. Any input/advice well comed.
Abby - 20-Nov-16 @ 6:27 AM
MC87 - Your Question:
My neighbours are bullies. They are council tenants who live together as man and wife. They have scratched our car, made threatening gestures and even been cautioned for assault against me. The council has not acted appropriately despite numerous complaints, although they did caution them twice. The cautions mean they are quiet for a short time, but then revert to type. In addition they also bullied our elderly downstairs neighbour, putting abusive notes through his door (salutation being Dear C**t) because they felt he was making too much noise - he was in his 80s. After he moved out to a care home a young woman moved in with 2 small children, again the bullying continued with them banging on the ceiling, looking through her windows and general intimidating behaviour. Eventually the council moved her elsewhere as she was constantly calling the police out during the night as she was frightened by their actions. Now another elderly man has moved in, he uses a zimmer frame to get around and is not too steady on his feet. We suspect the same bullying has started again, with looking in his windows etc. The council are so useless they will not do anything against them. They seem to not want to act. What can we do to help protect him as I am worried for the poor man?

Our Response:
Ask your local councillor to look into this on your behalf. The council's housing department should have details of all the incidents on record. If these tenants are in breach of their tenancy agreement which is sounds as though they are, the council should be able to take action to evict them. If you're unhappy with the way the council handles this you can complain to the Housing Ombudsman
ProblemNeighbours - 18-Nov-16 @ 11:59 AM
My neighbours are bullies. They are council tenants who live together as man and wife. They have scratched our car, made threatening gestures and even been cautioned for assault against me. The council has not acted appropriately despite numerous complaints, although they did caution them twice. The cautions mean they are quiet for a short time, but then revert to type. In addition they also bullied our elderly downstairs neighbour, putting abusive notes through his door (salutation being Dear C**t) because they felt he was making too much noise - he was in his 80s.After he moved out to a care home a young woman moved in with 2 small children, again the bullying continued with them banging on the ceiling, looking through her windows and general intimidating behaviour. Eventually the council moved her elsewhere as she was constantly calling the police out during the night as she was frightened by their actions.Now another elderly man has moved in, he uses a zimmer frame to get around and is not too steady on his feet. We suspect the same bullying has started again, with looking in his windows etc. The council are so useless they will not do anything against them. They seem to not want to act. What can we do to help protect him as I am worried for the poor man?
MC87 - 17-Nov-16 @ 2:07 PM
I have recently been visited by the police on 3 separate occasions because a neighbourgh has reported me for smoking cannabis. This is not true. They won't tell me who's making the reports but still continue to come to my property. Each time they have entered my property they have never smelt any cannabis or had any reason to believe this to be true. I have a 4 year old daughter and they have now said they have to report it to social services who will then speak to her school. It's now affecting my life and causing anxiety and stress when the allegations are not true nor have been founded to be true in anyway. What are my options from here? Is it harrasment? Or is it just one of those things that I have to put up with even though it's making me ill?
Worried - 15-Nov-16 @ 8:24 PM
I have a neighbor who has accused me of sleeping with his wife. He is an army veteran with PTSD. I have great admiration for our veterans BUT my family is getting extremely frustrated! When he first moved in our kids played together we helped them with things around their house etc...When his wife told my wife and I that he thought we were sneaking around things have got crazy.His wife has moved out and he now since May has continuously followed me and my family every where! I get followed to work the grocery store ball games and such. I contacted veteran affairs he denies it and nothing changes. Contacted a lawyer he said nothing can be done he's not caused me any harm or threatened us in anyway so we have no case.The wife is a absolutely no help my wife has tried to contact her and she just calls and yells at him. We need advice we don't know where to go with this it's frustrating and scary my kids aren't allowed to talk to him or his kids. I try to keep an open line of communication which seem to help some he lets me know when he's struggling but it's still a burden for my family I'm ready to move but would that even solve my problem!
Rob - 14-Nov-16 @ 1:10 AM
Hy ex girlfriend from 18 moths ago has just split me and my new partner up by messaging her on Fb saying I'm stalking her and trying to get back with her. Can anyone help me please as so heartbroken because I have lost my soulmate because of this
Heartbroken - 11-Nov-16 @ 3:58 PM
Jessy - Your Question:
What can I do my brother got evicted with his Disabled girlfriend & her 3 kids so I felt bad for them & Opened my house doors for them it's been 7 months & my brother owes me rent from last month all my bills are High and my brother doesn't want to move out his girl is harassing me she knows that she can do anything to me and still get away with it, I'm a single mom of two one of my kids is also Disabled, me trying to help my brother HELP WHAT CAN I DO????

Our Response:
It might be worth seeking advice from a solicitor to see how you can "evict" them. Some solicitors offer a first half hour consultation free of charge so shop around.
ProblemNeighbours - 8-Nov-16 @ 11:15 AM
we live in a council house and all our neighbours are home owners. they have had loud parties in past and have scared my 4 year old daughter. they have abused my partner whilst she has taken my daughter to nursery. we have had to install cctv. the police and local authorities immediately got the justice hub involved and all 3 lots of neighbours refused mediation and could not be forced by the local authorities to do so. recently one lot of neighbours sold and has moved and the other 2 lots of neighbours are now sending emails to my company as i work for the local authority. in regards to having permision to put items from my house on the company van as i carry a waste transfer certificate due to my job. my boss gave me permision to do this. my neighbours are stating that they are tax payers and they have to pay for the heavy squad but im allowed to put items on the van. also i purchased some screen wash and yet when i took it out of the van they had a photo of me and said in there emails i was thieving chemicals from work. but my boss saw in the photo it was screen wash. my boss imformed me that he was gathering all the emails. and he will do a write up on his report and he will give it to me to give to the authorities as the neighbours are trying to set up an entrapment. does this contribute harrasment. as they will not stop.
dal - 7-Nov-16 @ 8:09 PM
I have a question, my neighbor installed noise frequency that only my dog can hear . I stay at home alot & my dog does not bark everyday or night . This neighbor hates me n my dog now because i dared to complain about his loud music at 1:30 AM and now his out to make me uncomfortable. Are those devices legal ?? I live in a uncorporated town & we do have a leash law n such
Mom - 7-Nov-16 @ 7:52 PM
What can I do my brother got evicted with his Disabled girlfriend & her 3 kids so I felt bad for them & Opened my house doors for them it's been 7 months & my brother owes me rent from last month all my bills are High and my brother doesn't want to move out his girl is harassing me she knows that she can do anything to me and still get away with it, I'm a single mom of two one of my kids is also Disabled, me trying to help my brother HELP WHAT CAN I DO????
Jessy - 6-Nov-16 @ 1:13 PM
My husband's ex (the mother of his two children, who are 16 and 13) is continously getting into her son's Facebook page to either spy or start arguments with us or calling and harassing us about one thing or the other, it's getting beyond frustrating is there anything I can do aside from divorcing my husband and getting away from it all.
Missy - 4-Nov-16 @ 12:55 PM
rumpa - Your Question:
It is a four storeyed apartment.The kitchen construction in my apartment is such that the kitchen windows for each floor open on to a common duct. Therefore the sound connected to our cooking activities is clearly audible. I am on the fourth floor and the third and the second floor flats belong to the same family. The first floor is empty.The issue started three years ago with that family when we realized that each time I'm in the kitchen every sound is reciprocated. Later our privacy was also hacked in our bedroom, bathroom etc.We always thought of adjusting as neighbours but they took advantage of our decency. When I retaliated at the end of three years they have threatened that they would file a case against us. I would like to know since the evidence of their nuisance does not have much clarity can I file a case too, on the ground of human rights ?Sulaxana. 18-11-16.

Our Response:
You should seek professional legal advice on this as we don't have all the details.
ProblemNeighbours - 20-Oct-16 @ 11:15 AM
It is a four storeyed apartment.The kitchen construction in my apartment is such that the kitchen windows for each floor open on to a common duct. Therefore the sound connected to our cooking activities is clearly audible. I am on the fourth floor and the third and the second floor flats belong to the same family. The first floor is empty.The issue started three years ago with that family when we realized that each time I'm in the kitchen every sound is reciprocated. Later our privacy was also hacked in our bedroom, bathroom etc.We always thought of adjusting as neighbours but they took advantage of our decency. When I retaliated at the end of three years they have threatened that they would file a case against us. I would like to know since the evidence of their nuisance does not have much clarity can I file a case too, on the ground of human rights ? Sulaxana. 18-11-16.
rumpa - 18-Oct-16 @ 1:52 PM
I was wondering what I could do. I live in a quiet culdiesack and have done for years.Just recently one of my neighbours has been causing distress to me and other neighbours. Ranging from verbal abuse to threatening to kill us all. She and her partner have also used intimidation to get what they want with regards to the parking in our street. We have involved the police and also the local housing authority but nothing has changed. She has now started to accuse various neighbours myself included of actually attacking her or been racist. (The lady in question is asian). None of which is true. The whole Street has got cctv just so we can protect our selves against anymore of her allegations. None of us dare leave our homes without having some sort of recording device incase she attacks us verbally. It's now making us Ill and is affecting our children. We are all at our witts end.
Tizzy - 13-Oct-16 @ 5:50 PM
My (50 year old) neighbor bullies my five year old daughter and myself for over an year now. He claims that my daughter is mean to his son, but the kids are actually good friends, love each other and are nice to each other (well, as much as 3 and 5 year olds can be...). The real reason is his extreme misogyny, and my being a single mother, considered by him easy target (he'll see about that...). Until today the bullying was only verbal, and talking bad about my kid to the other neighbors - which is, still, more than enough to affect my kid's development at this early age.We did try avoiding them, but their kid comes to our house to play, and I can't just send him back... But today it was physical, which scared my daughter very much, and myself even more. He simply hates us, and the thought he might get angry and hurt us is killing me already... I spent the rest of the evening trying to cheer my kid up and make her feel safe and happy, and now I am spending the night trying to figure out how to keep ourselves safe. The first thing that came to my mind was to call the police and let them know that if anything happens to us this neighbor should be considered as suspect. But than, it doesn't solve much, does it? I think there should be something I could do to get some support from authorities, but what? Any advice is very much appreciated.
ela - 10-Oct-16 @ 5:53 AM
i have been reported to the social for exaggerating illness and now for noise and now my wife for useing my blue badge when i was not there al reported anymously i have had to report my neighbour now for harrasment but they made it quite clear with out evidence there is nothing they can do, but this only started when my neigbour moved in what can i do o am disabled the dr has put my ANTI depressants up PLEASE HELP
graham div - 7-Oct-16 @ 10:05 PM
poppypearl - Your Question:
Ive had neighbours on my case for 15 years. ive been reported to the council forLeaving my bins outMy dogs barkingFox getting into black bags which were going to the dump next dayMy rooster who wears a collar and goes in at nightHaving a bon fireTo name a fewIve had one neighbour complain about the grass neing too long in my garden (3inches) and dandelion seeds blowing into her gardenNotes put on cars because I was or a family member parked across my drive way.I was told that my motor home made the road look like a gypsy camp and it needed moving.I also found out that a petition was sent around ti try and make me get rid of my chickens.I now hate going out and when I do get the courage I come back to find the same neighbour parks on my parking space that ive used for 16 years. Some times her and her son park so I cant park by my house ar all.All my hens were stolen one night and the ones left were killed by a fox. This was after a neighbour said he would kill my animals. and only 8 weeks ago someone poisoned my cat who died.Ive been spot checked by the rspca who said my animals are kept in 5 star conditions. I do not let my dogs bark. Im home most of the time.Am I being bullied?I often have three neighbours having a go at me.Only a week ago it was because I was parked by my drive unloading.NOTAll of which the council have seen and agreeed they have no problem with me

Our Response:
You should have reported the theft and poisoning incidents to the police. If you feel you need to take action against the neighbours for their behaviour (e.g an injunction to prevent it happening) then you should seek advice from a legal professional.
ProblemNeighbours - 7-Oct-16 @ 11:33 AM
Ive had neighbours on my case for 15 years . ive been reported to the council for Leaving my bins out My dogs barking Fox getting into black bags which were going to the dump next day My rooster who wears a collar and goes in at night Having a bon fire To name a few Ive had one neighbour complain about the grass neing too long in my garden (3inches) and dandelion seeds blowing into her garden Notes put on cars because i was or a family member parked across my drive way. I was told that my motor home made the road look like a gypsy camp and it needed moving. I also found out that a petition was sent around ti try and make me get rid of my chickens . I now hate going out and when i do get the courage i come back to find the same neighbour parks on my parking space that ive used for 16 years. Some times her and her son park so i cant park by my house ar all. All my hens were stolen one night and the ones left were killed by a fox. This was after a neighbour said he would kill my animals . and only 8 weeks ago someone poisoned my cat who died. Ive been spot checked by the rspca who said my animals are kept in 5 star conditions. I do not let my dogs bark. Im home most of the time . Am i being bullied? I often have three neighbours having a go at me .Only a week ago it was because i was parked by my drive unloading .NOT All of which the council have seen and agreeed they have no problem with me
poppypearl - 5-Oct-16 @ 2:25 PM
Scared nannie - Your Question:
I am a council tenant and the woman next door but one owns her house and myself and my neighbours are terrified because she allowed her brother to bring his Rottweilers to her property, we have had issues with this family and their dogs over a few years and because she isn't a tenant nothing is being done to stop his dogs coming to our cul-de-sac. One of his dogs knocked a lady over a ripped her little terrier out of her arms and attacked it and caused some terrible injuries,. He was prosecuted and a control and muzzling order was put on that dog for life.The owner is disabled and cannot control these dogs and they often get loose, they can seem friendly with people but our fear is we now have children in the cul-de-sac who play out in the street one has ADHD and is always shouting and screaming , and one has only one leg, non of the children especially these two would stand a chance against a fully grown aggressive male Rottweiler. Also the neighbour next door to them has a dog herself and is so scared to be in her garden or walking her dogs when they are in the area. She has put up a six foot fence but they are so aggressive and fly at the fence it's only a matter of time until one gets out or over. She is an oap and has health issues and is currently under the doctor for stress and anxiety relating to this matter. I'm concerned that this stress and fear is going to cause another heart attack or worse. My question is, can we take an injunction out to stop him bringing the dogs ? Or is there anything else we can do , or any advise you can give to let us know what rights we have to live in our home free from fear especially as they don't live here. (He lives not far away so he doesn't need to bring them to our street) we are getting no help from our council or housing office,or the police ,they are more or less just saying they can't do anything until an incident occurs. All we want is to keep all our neighbours and there children safe. Cos it's a case of WHEN something happens NOT IF. Thankyou in advance.

Our Response:
Complain to your council or the police. Dog owners have responsibilites under the Control of Dogs Act and various other pieces of legislation detailed more in this article.
ProblemNeighbours - 5-Oct-16 @ 2:12 PM
I am a council tenant and the woman next door but one owns her house and myself and my neighbours are terrified because she allowed her brother to bring his Rottweilers to her property, we have had issues with this family and their dogs over a few years and because she isn't a tenant nothing is being done to stop his dogs coming to our cul-de-sac. One of his dogs knocked a lady over a ripped her little terrier out of her arms and attacked it and caused some terrible injuries,. He was prosecuted and a control and muzzling order was put on that dog for life. The owner is disabled and cannot control these dogs and they often get loose, they can seem friendly with people but our fear is we now have children in the cul-de-sac who play out in the street one has ADHD and is always shouting and screaming , and one has only one leg, non of the children especially these two would stand a chance against a fully grown aggressive male Rottweiler. Also the neighbour next door to them has adog herself and is so scared to be in her garden or walking her dogs when they are in the area. She has put up a six foot fence but they are so aggressive and fly at the fence it's only a matter of time until one gets out or over. She is an oap and has health issues and is currently under the doctor for stress and anxiety relating to this matter. I'm concerned that this stress and fear is going to cause another heart attack or worse. My question is, can we take an injunction out to stop him bringing the dogs ? Or is there anything else we can do , or any advise you can give to let us know what rights we have to live in our home free from fear especially as they don't live here. (He lives not far away so he doesn't need to bring them to our street) we are getting no help from our council or housing office,or the police ,they are more or less just saying they can't do anything until an incident occurs. All we want is to keep all our neighbours and there children safe. Cos it's a case of WHEN something happens NOT IF. Thankyou in advance.
Scared nannie - 4-Oct-16 @ 11:01 AM
Ive been staying at my longterm partner's flat acouple of nights a week for afew years now.Recently the neighbour above has been making an issue about the apparent moans and groans that I make during the night and described these noises in a letter as anti social behaviour and threatened to call the police and the housing association.my partner says that the neighbour is exagerating as he is able to sleep though these apparent noises whilst in bed with me.therehave been times when I have been accused of making these noises at 7 or 8am when in fact I was wide awake and my partner was actually yawning!the neighbour successfully woken us up in the middle of the night by dropping things on their bedroom floor.they also are trying to gathet othet neighbours in support of their issue.We feel now that we are being harassed and the situation has been making us ill.we both have serious health conditions and have been through enough.
Animal ramble - 30-Sep-16 @ 9:53 PM
First let me say how aful I feel for everyone who has posted.Bad neighbours can utterly ruin your life and sadly I can empathise.My problems are not as severe as many below, but more subtle.Our neighbours rent and have done for many years. Their entire family and friends have had a pop at us over the years, but are usually too cowardly to confront us, so resort to social media and what a community police officer told me was "low level harassment" For example - one of their adult children blocking me in so I could not drive off my drive, parking so close behind me that I could not open my boot, parking on the pavement outside my home and knocking over the bins, calling me names - psycho, miserable b****, effin cow, nutjob etc etc.They have also encouraged their children to bully my children by throwing broken glass at them,bricks, stones, wood, metal etc, making our garden unusable. I dare not be too specific, as I am afraid they might find this and it will make matters worse.I have always had anxiety and depression, but I am only a nuisance to myself, no one else, and have not done anything to encourage this bullying.Both the neighbours and even the landlord accused me of sending letters of complaint which we never did, it was another neighbour. I wish we could all win the lottery and move far away!
Sarahsausage - 22-Sep-16 @ 9:52 AM
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