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Your Rights Under the Protection From Harassment Act 1997

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 13 Aug 2019 | 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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I been getting harrass since i move here. It started from an place on central call godswarehouse. I used go there and eat food but put money in the metal jar for the preacher,but got into a little disagreement wi5h his wife . I sad sorry and she kept talking bad about me for about more then ten minutes before i told her that you not going to me feel worser 5hen i always feel . I got educated on her an that was that. Later on i had move to this two family home i meet the next door niebor bt the name of Don. First thing he told me that hes from godswarehouse an i told him with respect that i dont want to be friends you from godswarehouse and i want to be left along. It gotten worse first 8 at a niebor house told m6 kids to get something from house an come back.tHey were missing for over 30 minutes i went to look for them an heard them a5 his apartment. He say they were along and i told thatvu stay out of my kids way please dont do that again. Second time is when everytime someone's come to my apartment i always catch him in there face first. Police to i saw him takling with the police officers an i call them for my issues not for him. When he talk first and i talk next without knowing what he says and they have finny looks and says stuff that i knows he said to them.i leave when i come back it looks like someone been in my home. Me and my kids here someones inside our roof we go to to room to room an the footsteps follow us from room to room. Some way i dont know how but i believe he's doing something with the plumbing caused water always flooding my floors badly allmost everyday, i know its them cause his son told me That if i get lOck out of my house pay him five dollars an he will let Me in,in front of my kids,and i put new locks in. I have information i need missing like my id ,ssi receipt from last year in August. Clothes missing mostly my kids . He makes calls i believe like human resource witch they came four times in one month and they ask the same question did i work in the month of Dec of 2018and they tried to come in my home behind my back his name is Mr. Anthony first letter of his name starts with a O i believe would be wrong . Police were in my yard allmost everyday,mt back yard.i felt he had to do with that . I believe ssi watching mw and cault one following me and ask her were she following me an she walking with a gentleman who started to reach for his weapon. I build a fence like in my back yard the next day he an his son broke it down . They have a lady who's be staying there allways coming over my apartment asking for money for rhe guy whos name is own the lease its Don . But everyweek Don son his Name Jose and the lady who's live witj i forgot her name but she says she on the run with a baby girlan on drugs allways come over my place talking about drugs and her an jose they allways argue very loudly.its getting out of hand and i called police about them but believed they the same thinh cause i allways get talk out of maki
Boomann - 13-Aug-19 @ 7:34 AM
I been getting harrass since i move here. It started from an place on central call godswarehouse. I used go there and eat food but put money in the metal jar for the preacher,but got into a little disagreement wi5h his wife . I sad sorry and she kept talking bad about me for about more then ten minutes before i told her that you not going to me feel worser 5hen i always feel . I got educated on her an that was that. Later on i had move to this two family home i meet the next door niebor bt the name of Don. First thing he told me that hes from godswarehouse an i told him with respect that i dont want to be friends you from godswarehouse and i want to be left along. It gotten worse first 8 at a niebor house told m6 kids to get something from house an come back.tHey were missing for over 30 minutes i went to look for them an heard them a5 his apartment. He say they were along and i told thatvu stay out of my kids way please dont do that again. Second time is when everytime someone's come to my apartment i always catch him in there face first. Police to i saw him takling with the police officers an i call them for my issues not for him. When he talk first and i talk next without knowing what he says and they have finny looks and says stuff that i knows he said to them.i leave when i come back it looks like someone been in my home. Me and my kids here someones inside our roof we go to to room to room an the footsteps follow us from room to room. Some way i dont know how but i believe he's doing something with the plumbing caused water always flooding my floors badly allmost everyday, i know its them cause his son told me That if i get lOck out of my house pay him five dollars an he will let Me in,in front of my kids,and i put new locks in. I have information i need missing like my id ,ssi receipt from last year in August. Clothes missing mostly my kids . He makes calls i believe like human resource witch they came four times in one month and they ask the same question did i work in the month of Dec of 2018and they tried to come in my home behind my back his name is Mr. Anthony first letter of his name starts with a O i believe would be wrong . Police were in my yard allmost everyday,mt back yard.i felt he had to do with that . I believe ssi watching mw and cault one following me and ask her were she following me an she walking with a gentleman who started to reach for his weapon. I build a fence like in my back yard the next day he an his son broke it down . They have a lady who's be staying there allways coming over my apartment asking for money for rhe guy whos name is own the lease its Don . But everyweek Don son his Name Jose and the lady who's live witj i forgot her name but she says she on the run with a baby girlan on drugs allways come over my place talking about drugs and her an jose they allways argue very loudly.its getting out of hand and i called police about them but believed they the same thinh cause i allways get talk out of maki
Boomann - 13-Aug-19 @ 7:34 AM
Hi I'm hoping someone might help!I live in a small cal we sac and I have an 8year old daughter who's been getting bullied from adults and kids.this woman is a neighbour constantly drinking Alcohol and taking drugs,she drink drives everyday as well.shes for her swearing at my daughter telling her to go away etc turning the other kids against her and iv contacted the council and police on many occasions and nothing has been done about this.my daughter at the age of 6 got reffered to the mental health physiologist because of this as her behaviour was way out of control,she had a lot of anger in her and she took it all out on myself!she's not too bad now but it really gets to me to why these adults can be so horrible towards someone's kid and the police and council aren't interested.I feel lost and it makes me so dam angry!!
Anonymous - 8-Aug-19 @ 9:08 PM
I am currently having lot Troubles wih neighbours . They are phoning police constantly on me sayin I'm shining car lights into their window , their kids are frightened to Pass my house , I am intimidating them, I am Looking into their windows. I have spoken to police I've had mediation to which the neighbour claimed they had no issues with us to report . I've had anti social team out . They visited neighbours and there was 2 months peace and quiet yet they've started it all back up again to which I'm Considering legal action especially as they have been telling lies to Police and I feel that I am being personally victimised and they've been turning other neighbours against me causing another Neighbour to e aggressive with myself and another family member as this neighbour has been listening to their stories any advice would be appreciated
elaine - 4-Aug-19 @ 1:29 AM
I AM BEING BULLIED BY MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR. THEY MAKE COMMENTS THAT ARE BAD ABOUT ME. LISTEN TO ME DRINKING MY GLASS AND THEY MAKE A COMMENT. I NEED TO FIND A SOLUTION TO THIS BULLING. I AM AT THE POINT I do not feel safein my own house.This has been going on for so long. My husband does not belive me. When I go to the bathroom they listen. It has really getting so bad I hate to go outside.
Jean - 1-Aug-19 @ 5:02 PM
Neighbour either side have been cutting from my garden boundary to make bare and onside has cut out so much that the boundary hedge what little there is of it now a 1/3 way down my garden has collapsed and I have had to put support to hold what is left on the top up. So all the security into my garden had been removed.the otheside has not stopped cutting into the hedge so to make is so sparse by cutting the wood branches out on many parts of the hedge, ie what has been growing for many years now gone.On the other side because it is so open and damaged bare, the owner has week after week lit a fire where I suggest he is burning what he collets from his building jobs, it is lit so close to the boundary ie 1/3 way down the garden that the flames are so high because it is so close it has burnt.I have reported it to the police but nothing.
pebs - 25-Jul-19 @ 11:20 PM
Shame that people cant have peace at home
LA - 18-Jul-19 @ 3:27 PM
My neighbour moved in 3 months ago, I have been here 4 years. She has had the house renovated and left with a smell of cannabis in her lounge. The people that lived there before her smoked pot in their house at night. Now here's the good bit.Instead of asking anybody about the smell, she has just turned on me. It's me , I have a grow going on and she has told the whole neighbour hood. She also uses her ex husband to try and intimidate us. I suffer from anxiety, which is severe. I called police to report, they came to my house, no grow. But the neighbour is still harrasing me. What do I do. I have 4 young kids and am very worried.
Anon - 13-Jul-19 @ 9:13 AM
I have been battling with my upstairs neighbour for at least 5 years me and my girlfriend live on the ground floor, we have experienced so much torment and now it's escalated to the point we have people knockout door saying out neighBour has told them we are pedophiles and we are watching there children, I'm furious what can I do
serious - 1-Jul-19 @ 5:33 PM
I sympathise with all of you and if police or councils won't help we are doomed and bullies win. I believe in Karma an the saying Revenge is a dish best served cold! Ps did like post killing the harrasser, but maybe a little extreme!
JJ - 27-Jun-19 @ 8:56 PM
I am in crpf, my wife is a student of Bed & she lives in kolkata alone in flat (cum pg) she is only student in compartment. 2 more girls are living at same compartment..one girl are living with her boyfriend ofen time. They all harasment my wife & give bad comment for last 4month.plz support me. If my wife got harassed then its difficult to concentrate in my duty.
Jai - 6-Jun-19 @ 4:39 AM
Hi I’ve moved in my house 2 yrs ago and my neighbor hates us they have 2 girls wich run up and down the stairs all the time. Plus slam doors . I’ve asked about 12 times now to keep noise down. The other day I knocked to ask if she could stop the kids making to much noise . She went mad she even phoned the police ????? on me . But they never came. Now there at it again . Really don’t know what to do. As 2 yrs ago I had a heart attack. Has anyone got any suggestions pls
Spuds - 1-Jun-19 @ 8:13 PM
I know everything bad that may girlfriend has done or did or even still doing or saying or hiding is blaming everything on me. Basically gaslighting and knows a lot about if bad stuff that she’s done and doing or working to get rid of me.
Anonymous - 30-Mar-19 @ 2:12 AM
My Neighbors cat died. I just found out that some of my neighbors are "gossiping"/ slandering me by saying that I poisoned it! Could not be further from the truth--I didn't even know the cat died for a month (My cat is 23 years old --I love cats).I have never had an adversarial conversation with anyone, so it's hard to know who or why they would do such a thing....the person who told me wasn't sure who started the lie. I don't want to confront every neighbor I have ..but then I also don't want this slanderous / childish rumorto spread throughout the neighborhood. Post a "to whom it may concern " note on the mailbox???
T.L - 27-Mar-19 @ 8:19 PM
Hi, I have had a ongoing problem with noisy neighbours for a few years. A couple got two Jack Russell puppies, we all live in terrace houses with extremely thin walls which they would have been aware of prior to getting these as you can hear a conversation going on (particularly when the lady kicks off !!!) The noise has been horrendous there is another neighbour the other side with a dog and two boys but they are considerably quieter than the Jack Russells not only high pitched barking and howling. After a year of putting up with this I finally went to the council to help deal with this as due to severe abuse I have had from my husband I found confronting them I was unable to do as clearly they can hear for themselves the noise. I was told to log it all down there is tons of logs but due to me complaining the man started parking his work van incredibly close to my car and then I had scratches all down the side of my car. I haven’t got a posh car but I didn’t need added extras to it !!!. The man has tried intimidating me pulling faces at me, telling me I can’t knock on their door when once I finally did as after working all night the dogs were then barking in the bedroom next to mine. The owners are now victimising me by playing games consul loud, when I have worked night shifts the dogs in the bedroom beside mine barking, if I go downstairs they are then downstairs ( the walls are thin) doing petty childish clicking switches on and of repeatedly. My safe space has not been that for some time due to these incredibly inconsiderate immature people. Yet I’m quiet and when I come home from work early I am not noisy but maybe I should be. But two wrongs don’t make a right but what does? Any suggestions apart from moving as bullies won’t push me out ??
Fed up - 24-Mar-19 @ 8:52 PM
Hi, I have had a ongoing problem with noisy neighbours for a few years. A couple got two Jack Russell puppies, we all live in terrace houses with extremely thin walls which they would have been aware of prior to getting these as you can hear a conversation going on (particularly when the lady kicks off !!!) The noise has been horrendous there is another neighbour the other side with a dog and two boys but they are considerably quieter than the Jack Russells not only high pitched barking and howling. After a year of putting up with this I finally went to the council to help deal with this as due to severe abuse I have had from my husband I found confronting them I was unable to do as clearly they can hear for themselves the noise. I was told to log it all down there is tons of logs but due to me complaining the man started parking his work van incredibly close to my car and then I had scratches all down the side of my car. I haven’t got a posh car but I didn’t need added extras to it !!!. The man has tried intimidating me pulling faces at me, telling me I can’t knock on their door when once I finally did as after working all night the dogs were then barking in the bedroom next to mine. The owners are now victimising me by playing games consul loud, when I have worked night shifts the dogs in the bedroom beside mine barking, if I go downstairs they are then downstairs ( the walls are thin) doing petty childish clicking switches on and of repeatedly. My safe space has not been that for some time due to these incredibly inconsiderate immature people. Yet I’m quiet and when I come home from work early I am not noisy but maybe I should be. But two wrongs don’t make a right but what does? Any suggestions apart from moving as bullies won’t push me out ??
Fed up - 24-Mar-19 @ 8:52 PM
My ex, my daughter, her husband and their son moved into a council house about a year ago. All was well to begin with, but the neighbours started getting very clingy and jealous. Fast forward to a couple of months ago they found their car keyed and tyres being slashed, dog poo on their door mat and all over the garden, they are being verbally abused and stalked. My 8 year old disabled and autistic daughter is so scared she cannot attend school and has to see a psychiatrist. The police are involved but they advise just to stay clear. Things have escalated, the neighbour and his family threatens, my ex and her family cannot move but cannot live a normal life paralysed through fear. His verbal assaults are hurting my daughter. The police cannot act. If I confront the neighbour I have been told I will be charged with assault. I need advice, what can I do legally to end this?
MrAnon - 29-Jan-19 @ 8:44 PM
Hi I moved in few years ago my neighbour walked in on day I was moving didn't knock nothing walked into my flat looked around I honestly thought he was removal man when I asked him can I help he said neighbour walk my dog. I thought bit strange way he came in but new neighbour maybe ok so next day he popped in watched my tv drank my tea smoked my cigarettes this went on few months my carer said he's taking over he started sitting in my chair eating my food helping himself to beers when I was taking in hospital he said he look after my dogs I thought nice of him but gut feeling was distrustful but I had no one watch my dog while I was in hospital so I gave him keys silly move he came in went through my carers paperwork read my personal medical notes states I have brain damage mobility problems worse thing was he stolen £30 from my grand daughters money box. I confronted him then things got worse I stopped him coming in so no every time I have friends over every 6 weeks we sit in garden have a drink fire pit going he pops his head over shouting about smoke the noise anytjing then watches us coz he's not invited missing out. Now he's taking my post called the police useless he made it sound like I was mental saying I get alot more money then him I get what I want coz I got brain injury. Every time I take my dog out he barks when let goes on till he's out the gate maximum 10 minutes barking that's it he's giving me abuse calling me crazy making me cry get frustrated stressed anxietous but when my dog walker takes him out he goes crazy barks with excitement my neighbour has not once complained.I feel he's a bully always knocking on neighbours door asking for money for electricity but never pays back. He takes cocaine and steels food from shops and gets some from food banks and then sales food. I can't live like this can you advice how to get help police think coz I have executive dysfunction disorder brain injury I'm exaggerating every thing. My neighbour seems jealous coz I get more benefits then him yet I'm disabled. He's making me feel mental not wanting to go out in case bump into him including my garden I feel like a prisoner in my own home.
Rach - 25-Jan-19 @ 8:45 AM
My next door neighbour has for the last 7/8 yrs,been Banging on my side door or my front door,using my door knocker as a toy,or my letter flap.He lifts it n let's it go causing quite a bang.He does it at night, to waken me up. He scared my wife so badly that she actually messed herself,and is now in care. She is 74,I am 73.Their son has been at my front door telling me he wants to fight me, he's 18 yrs old.He KICKED our door,Thumped on our window,we phoned the Police,who did nothing. This is all because,the father got banned for life,from fishing on the local fishery, Where I was a Bailiff.Also because I complained to the council,and their Landlord about their 3am Parties. Now I'm suffering with PTSD,Severe Depression and Anxiety,attending a Psychologist,every two weeks,being visited by Mental Health Nurses,Epilepsy Specialists. We own our house,and have been in it for some 40 yrs. I have no photographic evidence,only times when my doors are knocked or thumped at night. I love my house,and do not want to move away,I promised my wife I would not sell our house.
Huck - 4-Jan-19 @ 3:14 PM
Hi I’m dealing with some very nasty neighbors. We moved in 2 years ago and all was fine to start with. We both have dogs me have 2 a small and a medium dog she has one a large dog. Her dog kept jumping against the fence very aggressively and was barking and going at us as soon as we was in the garden or our dogs was in the garden. So we tried to help out by taking ours in when she had her out etc. In the end she still started shouting at us to get our dogs in even if we had not been out all day. Last summer was hot out and indoors so we started leaving our medium dog out a bit since indoors she was to hot. My son was sitting with her playing fetch and watch tv on his tablet. She then started demanding he to go in we was doing it on purpose. Tried tell her we have a right to be in our garden and that was end of it . She put a high fence so her dog could not see us and be amazed it did not help. Yesterday he’ll broke lose again. I let my dogs out for a quick pee after I got up at 3pm (I Work night) she started shouting that I was taking the piss and that I was doing it on purpose. I was quite took dogs in started with dinner. When I stood there cooking she looked through a gap in the fence at me so I opened the door and said; yes what’s the problem she started yelling how I was doing this on purpose and how horrible my son is that stayed in garden during summer. He was deliberately throwing a ball and she went on and on I got mad yelled back that this is enough they can’t keep this up etc . Her boyfriend then poked his head in that gap and started yelling to so my husband came out told him stop it now and to get in . Her boyfriend flipped climes the fence over to our garden and kept shouting at my husband I will kill you get her and I have you now. in our own garden... my husband was about to go out when I stopped him told him to get my phone and we call the police. While he was looking for my phone he kept it up threatening and shouting at me . In the end he left and police showed up but they have then taken off in their car and did not come back until later. . So here we are now with neighbors from hell :(
Dell - 13-Dec-18 @ 1:26 AM
johny is married to betty in 1997 n betty kick johnny out 2015 sepated 2years of their home johnny bought while married 1903north13 Johnny n i meet august 24 2017 three days later i move in with johnny at 207raleigcircle franico johnny uncle is owership of land i residence nw johnny for 1year 3months n johnny goes. To wife n comes back to me i put crimal trasspassing on his wife n stepdaughter i had shieff service them n its current for year n on daily bases point blink his wife n stepdaughter constantly calln police sayn they bought proptiers n i need pay rent or moveout n never show papers of any type of newowership johnny family know i live there n ok w it wat r my rights
Lagata - 28-Nov-18 @ 11:45 AM
Hi, we are having on going issues with a neighbour latest he’s entering our back garden to do work on a shed, taking roof off and placing it in the garden, damaging gate into the garden etc, we’ve taken photos but now the council say we are harassing this person, but he’s on our property and has been convicted of harassment in the past. Are we in the wrong?
Ap84 - 11-Nov-18 @ 10:03 AM
Hi there. My mum has the neighbours from hell. She moved to her address 5 months ago and they started on us and we hadn't even had the furniture off the lorry... for the last 5 month's they have harrassed me and my family. Attacked us. Very abused us. The full works. Had to install cctv for proof and protection. They even went mental on the cctv guy for installing it. We now have an order on them as they attacked my mum. Since this order they have already broke it and police haven't arrested them. They are now taking pictures of our cars everytime we go to my mother's house. Any guest that visits they now take pictures.... Since this my car has been keyed. But no proof they damaged my car.... surely this is harrassment... police are saying there is no law being broken they can take pictures as much as they like. But it is excluding my mother as now I don't even want to go there as it's irritating me and now my property is being damaged. What can we do? Please help me
Jenna - 23-Oct-18 @ 5:41 PM
My step father is following me wherever I go. I already have social phobia and rarely go out. He is frequently parked outside my flat, and if I do go out, which is seldom, he follows me. He has even changed his car. He is reall y freaking me out.
Debz - 27-Sep-18 @ 3:01 PM
Kels - Your Question:
Hello, My Nan lives with my uncle which obviously is her son for as long as I can remember he never leaves her alone, he pays house to my Nan because everyone has to pay there way in the world but he follows her out so he can get the money back to pay for drugs. He is 27 and is a druggie, my Nan doesn’t want to live with him, he’s violent, what should I do if I can do anything? It’s horrible to sit back and watch how he treats my Nan. She means the world to me.

Our Response:
Talk to your nan. Is she willing to contact the police about the violence and the drugs? Assuming she owns the property, she can evict him if she doesn't want him living there.
ProblemNeighbours - 12-Sep-18 @ 11:17 AM
Hello, My Nan lives with my uncle which obviously is her son for as long as I can remember he never leaves her alone, he pays house to my Nan because everyone has to pay there way in the world but he follows her out so he can get the money back to pay for drugs. He is 27 and is a druggie, my Nan doesn’t want to live with him, he’s violent, what should I do if I can do anything? It’s horrible to sit back and watch how he treats my Nan. She means the world to me.
Kels - 7-Sep-18 @ 4:41 PM
i been dealing with a cousin who is non stop harrassing me my kids my sister n her kids shes turning us in making false accusations to the cps and cps made several visits to my house ....this is ridiculous i dont bother her dont talk to her she slandering my name to the public to the schools to the buissnesses in town to my housing manager to the tribal police as well....threatened my sister and called her out to fightand then called the cops on her saying my sister tried to fight with her..its everyday drama with that person ..can i sue her ..im not that person to get in everyones personal life and try and do harm to anyone especially kids..shes trying to get my kids taken from me saying im on drugsthe list goes on ....
mo - 15-Aug-18 @ 3:22 PM
I have been harassed by neighbours for 2 years. Thinking is, and this has been suggested by police, that neighbours would benefit if I sold cheap to get away, and their family could benefit. They own a 3 house next to each other around the corner.I have now sold myhouse, discreetly, amd wondering if putting up a Sold sign would stop the harassment, or if they may cause problems to put the buyer off.. I am unsure any suggestions welcome
Truther - 15-Jul-18 @ 10:27 AM
I live in on a row of terraced houses, the woman next door has always been strange and very aggressive towards anyone who makes eye contact including her own kids. The harassment started when my kids stroked one of her cats, she decided that that meant I was trying to steal it. I’ve had name calling, food thrown at the house and rubbish thrown on my garden all by the woman’s 14 year old daughter and her friends. They got evicted after Xmas but only moved a few doors up. Things improved and I rarely saw them until a couple of weeks ago when I was walking my kids home from school, I came across the daughter and her friend who’d picked this woman’s 2 young kids up from school. We changed direction to avoid any aggro and they followed us and started shouting abuse at me in front of my young children. The friend then ran up to me and started mouthing off I asked her to leave me alone. I just wanted to get home with my kids. Later that evening the mother and her druggy boyfriend came round hammering at my door and windows. I ignored it the first 2 times but opened the door the 3rd time where she lunged at me and hit me in front of my kids and her own. I pushed her out of my house, locked the door and dialled 999. The police didn’t turn up until the following morning and did nothing. I don’t feel safe and neither do my kids. I’m a single mother so it’s just me and the kids. I’m having to move to escape the constant abuse because there is nothing the police can do unless they’re physically violent again. I can’t help but think that scum like that can get away with murder while their victims suffer.
Scared&fedup - 8-Jul-18 @ 10:16 PM
Andy- Your Question:
I have a neighbour that me and my mum used to be really good friend's with I once worked with her late husband when he was a live a few years ago my mum received a text message from her sayin I know you have a machine and your son watches me in the shower. my mum received message after message saying we kills her cat with siad electric shock machine then when her husband recently died we had no idea at that time as we did everything possible to avoid any contact with her she followed us to the shop walked up to my mum that was sat in her wheelchair and said I'll never forgive you for killing him.!! Your gonna pay for this!! I ran out after her to try and talk sense into her but she didn't want to know I spoke to her daughter and she admitted her mum has mental health issues but not to worry as she was moving away. my mum was so relieved she was finally able to go out without having abuse shouted at her or a fist raised in her face. but about 3 days ago she moved back next door to where she once lived. and she hasn't changed at all. I have had enough of my mum and me having to live with this constant torment. What can we do to deal with this she obviously needs help!! But her son or daughter won't do anything about it they just say she has mental health issues and that's it.

Our Response:
Try talking to social services if you don't think that she is capable of living alone. Your local police community support officer might be able to help if she is being abusive.
ProblemNeighbours - 5-Jul-18 @ 3:47 PM
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