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Your Rights Under the Protection From Harassment Act 1997

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 19 Apr 2017 | 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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My husband and I have been harassed by our neighbors for 10 years..We have called the police several times but nothing is done..We have tried to move several times but the woman across the street gets her friends to set up fake clients to buy the house..Very unreasonable demands on contracts.. Destroying real estate flyers..And admitted it openly..Killing our pets teaching her kids to harm our animals and to show hate and disrespect toward us...Had my husband fired from his job in our town..When he got a job in another town she had him followed..Then tried to get him fired there..Has come to my job and openly screamed she wanted to get me in trouble on several occasions. The neighbor has gotten another neighbor involved..Now it's like a gang. We can't drive down our street without being harassed..If we go somewhere, they will stay up late and wait outside for us. Recently we had a cease and desist order drawn..It just made things worse..Any advice..We need help
Belle 65 - 14-Apr-17 @ 3:28 PM
Im be verbally attacked by a neighbour, shes calls me a slag or ill get you slut, most days, today i was getting shopping out my car and she starts yelling out her window to me, calling me and my family horrid names, calling my partner a smack head, who wasnt even there, my son who is partly deaf and suffers from asperges and autisum broke down crying, so quickly i locked my car to remove him from the situation and causing further distress to him, another neighbour heard the verbel abuse and shouted for the lady to shut up and shut window, ive had social services, and false reports sent to my housing officer, called on me and all reports deemed as malicious with no further action, today when she verbuallyscreamed at me, i didnt respond but she called the police on me, ive never done anything againest her at all, im now on anti depressants and cant take anymore, can you advise me on what to do please
jo - 13-Apr-17 @ 2:24 AM
My 87 yr old mother is being bullied and abused by a neighbour who previously knocked down her garden fence with her paddling pool.She refused to repair it so my mother tried the council and every avenue only to find they couldnt make her repair it.In the end my mother just had it replaced herself and while the builder was trying to erect it he was subjected to foul mouth abuse by this neighbour who would not let him stand in her garden to do the work.Once it was repaired she proceeded to fill her pool and then left it for over a year until yesterday when she decided to empty it.Obviously it all ran into my mothers garden and flooded it with disgusting rotten mouldy water that had be stagnating over the year.My mother put a note over her fence complaining.This neighbour sent the most disgusting letter back accusing my mother of harrassing her etc etc.My mother is extremely upset by this and it is affecting her health and I dont know what to do next.I believe that the empyting of her pool previously had rotted the fence in the first place and now by flooding the garden again she is probably weekening this new fencing.My mother did not keep a copy of her letter but we do have photos of the damage it caused the last time.Should I contact the police as I am worried for my mothers health and this neighbour has always been really nasty to my elderly and frail mother and this new episode is causing her a great deal of stress anxiety worry etc.
marg - 12-Apr-17 @ 10:00 PM
I'm just wanting a life back, being abused, used, harassed, verbally, threatening behaviors from management and staff, towards all tenants, none of us want to be here, logged with police, throughout night whilst most asleep this for me a vulnerable, disabled and I'll woman, services are as bad, leaving me n us too it, doesn't report, and a nasty burglary into fact, being victimized due to illnesses and so others, now neighbors also having same problem with same, landlord but it's management and a staff member n their dodgy friend's, whom are causing issues, they keep trying to fit us up as up say, cos of confusion and general systems cock_up, I have been left to defend not only myself but other's, though some threatened are seemingly, due to this, behaving badly themselves,, been literally trapped like battery hen for 16 day now,, last night staff, whom couldn't get any of the male's to make my life so impossible I'd leave, tried to set a girl upon me, was thankfully just verbal, although again they've thrown some of my possessions, including medical and grandchildren presents along with my washing, but other stuff they could throw if really were lawfully able aren't doing, and all I need is to start a fresh new life, be ready United with family by sea, along with my pet's which again are being kept, unlawfully as my knowledge of, is poorly managed by all services, police, support workers, etc, my health is deteriating yet again, I've lost over 10,stones all skin n bones, never hated my body so much, reminds me of my brain dead mother 10yrs ago,, and I have been doing all the work in place, when meant be looked after, even before c, up,, same situation with her, work, cleaning, help, protect, other tenants, even staff previous stole out of our rooms, I've had to deal with such like,, electric, n, water, floods, mop floor at 4am,,locked boiler, padlock ed fuse box,, I have had enough, having already lost my faith in most humankind,, I've lost my freedom of being outside, and enjoying the day and night,, just so I do not make myself intentially homeless, due to major errors, ie,, stolen med, history, I'd, theft, fraud. £2000.stolem so a lot of benefits suspended causing major problems too, the whole support worker's are just helping drink, and drug users,, I was told by others to lie, say was on dnd, I didn't lie,, now it's left me half the time feeling suicidal and my life's not worth living,, when my physical and mental and emotional and psychological health and a recent surgery after an injury over six months ago, now, due to some, worker's lack of support in fact they've caused nr all issues,, including handing over med, history and appointment letters, medical, too the very system that kept it hidden, til too late, which meant, I'm now in this position,, I entered an Activia comp my ideal dream holiday,,, all I put was too be with family and pet's a fresh start, my kid's one whom I luv dearly, we've fallen out due to
N/a - 16-Feb-17 @ 3:16 PM
I am being bullied by my neighbour.She has called the police on me. I've had the RSPCA round.She has been spreading lies about me.I suffer from social anxiety and depression as it is. The police don't want to know. .my crime.I dare to park outside her house.She has a drive way that will fit 3 cars.I live in a corner house so I don't have any where else to park.I really need help.
Lady godiva - 15-Feb-17 @ 11:10 PM
I have been in a relationshipwith my boyfriendso one day i found him with another girl so this girl is threatening me through the phone even thoughi broke up with this guy.I am alwaysafraid yo walk aroundthe campus becauseof her so can i open a protection order for this girl?
Bongi - 15-Feb-17 @ 2:54 PM
We've been having an ongoing neighbour dispute since last August. A neighbour across the road started driving along a pavement through a green space and was using our driveway to exit back out onto the road.It was reported to the police for 3 months due to safety concerns and it wasn't until one night the neighbour almost ran me down the Police were called.Police issued the neighbour with a sectioned 59 warning.Everything went quiet for a few weeks and then it all started.My car was vandalised on the driveway.This was reported to the Police but after 4 weeks, and various emails about our concerns, the Police have made no contact with us. The neighbour has also started using our driveway to turn round her vehicle.This happens 4-5 times a day and at night the headlights are so bright they illuminate the entire living room.This is upsetting my elderly mother but the Police say there's there's nothing they can do and just to pull the curtains together and ignore it.The neighbour has a history of anti-social behaviour and mental health issues and even the Police said the neighbour was abusive an irrational towards them when they issued the warning.I spoke to the neighbour very civilly when it all started but just got a load of verbal abuse. Since this started my mother has been followed and harassed by the neighbour.Although this hasn't happened recently my mothers so intimidated by the neighbour that she refrains from leaving the house if she knows the neighbours is about.All the police have provided is a contact number for victim support.Surely this constant driving in and out of our driveway constitutes as harassment and contravenes her section 59 warning. Is there anything we can do without fear of repercussions and more damage to our vehicle?
Brooksie - 9-Feb-17 @ 11:32 PM
I am on disability and have been since 2005 I have been renting the home that I am living in for 2 and a half years.Now a new neighbor has bought and moved into his home about 6 months ago.he has started saying that I am defrauding Social Security and that he is going to turn me in.He has no idea of any of my health problems such as degeneritive disc,PAD and Neuropathy in both of my legs.What legal rights do I have in order to stop this harassment,intimidation,defamation of charactor??
Rich - 31-Jan-17 @ 11:16 PM
My life was destroyed when my husband sent me packing, after 13 years we have been together. I was lost and helpless after trying so many ways to my husband back to me. One day at work, I was distracted, not knowing that my boss called me, so he sat and asked me what it was all about, I told him and he smiled and said it was no problem. I never understood what he meant by it was no problem getting back my husband, he said he used a spell to get back his wife when she left him for another man, and now they are together till date and initially I was shocked hearing something from my boss. He gave me an email address of the Prophet Abuvia which helped him get his wife back, I never believed that this would work, but I had no choice coming into contact with the sayings that I get done, and he asked for my information and that my husband was able to propose to throw him the spell and I sent him the details, but after two days, my mother called me that my husband was pleading that he wants me back, I never believed, because it was just a dream and I had to rush off to my mother's place and to my greatest surprise, was kneeling my husband beg mefor forgiveness that he wants me and the child back home, when I gave prophet Abuvia a conversation regarding sudden change of my husband and he made clear to me that my husband will love me until the end of the world, that he will never leave for another woman. Now me and my husband is back together and started doing funny things he has not done before, he makes me happy and do what it is supposed to do as a man without nagging. Please if you need help of any kind need, please contact Prophet Abuvia for help. His email is prophet.abuvia AT g m a i l . com his website is prophetAbuviasolutiontemple . webs . com
Sarah Coleman - 30-Jan-17 @ 9:44 PM
I live in my own accommodation with my kids. But I'm being harassed by my children's father he's turning up at my home banging my door shouting abuse outside my door parking outside my home of a night watching me and to see if I have any other form of company. Where do I stand in terms of a exchange of my home so he know longer can follow me to know where I live.
Motherof2 - 26-Jan-17 @ 9:01 PM
Meg - Your Question:
I've been getting threatening text messages for over a week now. All because my nan said a joke and this person took it the wrong way and has now started threatening me. She lives in my street. Am scared to go literally over the road to my mothers house incase this woman comes flying up the road and beating me. I smoke I won't even go to the step for a cigarette because I'm scared. What could I do with the text messages? I've lived her 16years with my mum till I got my own flat 6 months ago

Our Response:
If you feel really threatened by this you should make your local police aware of this.
ProblemNeighbours - 20-Jan-17 @ 12:26 PM
Hi there I went for a pip assessment just before Xmas.I arrived at 9am and sat and waited and waited at 29 mins past nine the assessor approach the reception area and in a loud voice liking at myself and husband said I'm not doing another one. No way am I doing another one looking at myself and husband they should have turned up. I don't get paid to do extra than I'm doing now still looking at myself and my husband we felt very little and didn't want to be there anywhere we felt harrassed. She then turned round and said to myself and my husband it's not your fault the assessor didn't turn up. But I shouldn't be expected to do another like I did yesterday I don't get paid for it. We felt awful for her and our selves I felt very stressed as it was and even more so now. I felt really negative about our assessment before we went into the meeting 1 hour later. I lost my mobility vehicle that day felt harrassed the meeting was rushed as I was squeezed in. The report was incorrect. Is this a clear cut discrimination case. She then went on to tell be the abput the benefits of canabis and that I should take it and that I could get it from my doctors. She doesn't know what meds I am on this could kill me. She told my husband to put a claim in because she could tell he was obviously poorly. I am currently righting my mandantory appeal although I feel sorry for the young lady having to do more work than her colleagues I don't think it should have been done the way it should have been done it really made me I'll afterwards.
Lesleyann42 - 20-Jan-17 @ 8:03 AM
I've been getting threatening text messages for over a week now. All because my nan said a joke and this person took it the wrong way and has now started threatening me. She lives in my street. Am scared to go literally over the road to my mothers house incase this woman comes flying up the road and beating me. I smoke I won't even go to the step for a cigarette because I'm scared. What could I do with the text messages? I've lived her 16years with my mum till I got my own flat 6 months ago
Meg - 19-Jan-17 @ 10:40 AM
Im being harrassed by neighbor. Ive asked owner to make her stop but tha only thi g the landlord has done is scream at me to leave her alone. Also landlord said if i didnt move my car from i front of my door he canceling the housing contract. Also i have obtain restraining order agai9neighbor as well as several police reports. Also neighbor came out of her gated yard to the driveway where i live with 3 friends an a big stick to fight an the neighbor burned my face with cig. Ive since pressed charhes for the burn. The landlord came to my door with a notice from city saying i have junk an garbage on my porch along with a 90 dy notice. I said the notice isnt for me. The neighbor has all tje junk an trash on her porch.what can i do??
Dee - 17-Jan-17 @ 5:41 PM
Hello I have lived in a council block for the past 8 years, for about 7 of those years I had to endure shouting, swearing, loud banging and growling from a mentally ill neighbour underneath me. This made my life a misery, as it was happening not only during the day but during the night as well. This has made me a nervous wreck, with severe anxiety problems, depression and stress related disorder. Even though the neighbour has now moved away for over a year, it still affects me to this day. After writing daily diaries and complaining constantly to the council about this neighbour and even had on 2 separate occasions 2 different local councillors round to my flat to witness the noise and to give me support. During this time, the council treated me almost with contempt and even went so far as to lie about me that one of the councillors was round my flat for about 3 hours and didnt hear any noise from the neighbour. That particular councillor had sent an email stating that she was round my flat for about 45 mins to an hour and hear nothing. Whereas the second councillor did hear my neighbour shouting and swearing repeatedly. Now to add insult to injury, there are some new neighbours who are planning on moving in downstairs who have written me a letter complaining that I am making too much noise and even complained to the council about me. This is intamidatory as well it is untrue. I would like to know if I can sue the council for not only having to endure a mentally ill neighbour for over 7 years, but for their lies and contemptuous way they dealt with it? Please can you advise.
Cinders - 23-Dec-16 @ 2:45 PM
Hello I have lived in a council block for the past 8 years, for about 7 of those years I had to endure shouting, swearing, loud banging and growling from a mentally ill neighbour underneath me. This made my life a misery, as it was happening not only during the day but during the night as well. This has made me a nervous wreck, with severe anxiety problems, depression and stress related disorder. Even though the neighbour has now moved away for over a year, it still affects me to this day. After writing daily diaries and complaining constantly to the council about this neighbour and even had on 2 separate occasions 2 different local councillors round to my flat to witness the noise and to give me support. During this time, the council treated me almost with contempt and even went so far as to lie about me that one of the councillors was round my flat for about 3 hours and didnt hear any noise from the neighbour. That particular councillor had sent an email stating that she was round my flat for about 45 mins to an hour and hear nothing. Whereas the second councillor did hear my neighbour shouting and swearing repeatedly. Now to add insult to injury, there are some new neighbours who are planning on moving in downstairs who have written me a letter complaining that I am making too much noise and even complained to the council about me. This is intamidatory s well it is untrue. I would like to know if I can sue the council for not only having to endure a mentally ill neighbour for over 7 years, but for their lies and contemptuous way they dealt with it? Please can you advise.
Cinders - 23-Dec-16 @ 2:42 PM
Hi I need advice I've recently moved out of mums home to my own home due to neighbour issues at my mums The neighbour started making false accusations to social services (I have a baby) the baby and the landlord causing unnecessary anxiety and stress towards me and my mum So I decided to leave as my mum had her partner and her younger son However the neighbour is still continuing to make false allegations to the landlord and police My mum has a meeting with a lady from the council tomorrow due to another claim the neighbour has made, even though we have not communicated with this neighbour since July 2016 yet she's saying we're harassing her Is there anything we can do as my mum is 33 week pregnant and suffers from bi polar I'm worried this is going to tip her over the edge again Thank you
LOL - 18-Dec-16 @ 11:35 PM
Got three families up from our house all making malicious phone calls to social services and in the street. been threatened with violence, accused of things never done, now I own the house they cant use the council to hassle us but now use the social services and the police using annominity via phone calls. we do not hit our child we had a son dieat 10 yrs old and even as he was dying of cancer they still abused us and held partys throwing rubbish and bottle into our garden and rear garden the police are usless unless you sort it your self then your in trouble, the laws are set up to punish you, everyone you contact to sort it out turns a blind eye untill you react, that is when the haters get to celebrate because you go you prison, and they then move on to another target. the way these people act is a sure sign of some kind of mental illness.
Virge - 14-Dec-16 @ 6:31 PM
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
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