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West Molesey man left feeling suicidal from abusive neighbour

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West Molesey man left feeling suicidal from abusive neighbour

Published at 4:56pm 9th February 2017. (Updated at 9:54am 10th February 2017)

A West Molesey resident has been saved by police after his neighbour threw rubbish in his garden, let flooding water damage his home, urinated on the floor and threatened to kill him.

The force says the man in his sixties 'was the worst affected victim of anti-social behaviour it has ever come across'.

He felt so depressed he had suicidal thoughts. 

Now the Anti-Social Behaviour team at Surrey Police has been successful in obtaining a Closure Order on the offending property in Grovelands which prevents anyone from remaining or entering the property for three months.

The sergeant first met the vulnerable victim when he was carrying out house to house enquiries in relation to a separate incident. 

He broke down as soon as he started talking to the sergeant about his living hell at the hands of one of his neighbours.   

The account of his experience lasted sixteen pages as he described to police how the problems first started with loud banging from his neighbour upstairs.

He would shout through his letterbox, stare through his window, stare at him in his garden, continue to tap on his window late at night and throw rubbish into his garden.

On one occasion, the neighbour ran his bathroom tap for 40 minutes so water poured through the ceiling of his flat causing damage.

The victim also described how the neighbour would constantly urinate in his bedroom rather than use the toilet which again, affected the property below. 

It ended with verbal abuse and threatening to kill him.  

The victim became depressed and isolated, having suicidal thoughts.

He tried papering over his front door window to stop the neighbour looking into his house and he could not go out into his garden in case he saw the man.

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Surrey Police and Paragon gathered statements from other neighbours which was presented at Staines Magistrates Court on January 31.

Elmbridge Neighbourhood Inspector Sarah Milligan said: “The victim was living a life of hell and clearly action needed to be taken.

"Our neighbourhood officers and the ASB team worked long and hard to gather evidence and in conjunction with Paragon Housing successfully obtained this closure order.

"We are continuing to help and support the victim and I’m pleased he feels his life is beginning to return to normal once again.”

The closure order went through uncontested and the property is now boarded up.

A spokesperson from Paragon said: “Since the introduction of the Tenancy Solutions team in May 2016, Paragon has been working closely with partner agencies to reduce the effects of anti-social behaviour upon our residents and the wider community.

"This case clearly shows that the partnership approach to tackling anti-social behaviour has a positive effect upon victims. The victim has thanked us for our continued support during this difficult time.

"Paragon is currently in the process of taking possession of the property”.

Anyone who now enters the property could be arrested.

In a statement the victim said: “I want to say thank you to Surrey Police for all your work to date. I can now see light at the end of the tunnel.

"I’ve now removed the paper from my front door window with confidence and I can now feel myself relaxing in my home for the first time in months.”

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