We moved into a new build bungalow in in December 09 and had no problems until June 10 when the cud de sac to the back of the bungalow was finished and the new tenants moved in. Since that day there has been a catalogue of events including:-
football played constantly to the side and the front of the house
positioning a 7ft football net opposite the house
children running onto the front lawn
knocking the wall at the side of the house
throwing footballs at the window
riding bikes at the side of the house and hitting the wall
riding scooters and deliberately hitting the wall causing damage
ringing the doorbell and banging on the door constantly
I informed my Housing Association, who sent out letters to parents, but from that point the situation gradually escalated, with older teenagers joining in. My son who has Multiple Sclerosis then became a target for their taunts. They would play football and deliberately come onto the grass to collect it. When they did this they would gesture to my son to come out and chase them, knowing he couldn’t. They would circle the bungalow on bicycles for long periods of time just staring through the window as they passed.
I rung the police on numerous occasions and they visited a couple of the houses. This aggravated the situation and the parents then joined in.
Over a 30 month period I was verbally threatened, repeatedly shouted at to “move away” and had stones, eggs and wet toilet tissue thrown at the house.
I have had trees and walls damaged by youths as old as 17, who stood to the side of the bungalow looking in, only 2 feet from the window, and would not move away. If we went out to get away from the situation, they were on the drive when we got back.
Friends and relatives stopped visiting as they felt uneasy. This left us even more isolated.
I felt I had no option but to move my son away from the situation 6 months ago, and have tried to live there alone. As a consequence of this I have suffered severe depression, am frightened, feel intimidated and distressed most of the time. I handed back my tenancy to the Housing Association and on the 15th April I hand over my keys.
I felt this was my only option as I was unable to live a normal life and care for my son. I need to move closer to him , and have applied for housing to numerous councils and housing associations only to be placed in the lowest bands.
I have asked for help from my Housing Association my MP, The Police, my local councillor, and the Parish council, none of whom could assist me with rehousing.
I formally complained to my Housing Association (for the second time) on the grounds that these are hate crimes against myself and my son, and today received the outcome. The letter basically states they have done everything within their power, and that I haven't worked