Prison threat to loud neighbour

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A NEIGHBOUR from hell who turned his home into a scrapyard and subjected his neighbours to loud noise and intimidation has been ordered to stop his anti-social behaviour – or face jail.

John Johnson, of Winn Gardens, Middlewood, Sheffield, was served with a two-year injunction which, if breached, could result in a prison sentence.

Sheffield County Court heard Johnson, who lives with his mother, had caused ‘months of misery’ for his neighbours.

He regularly used the front of the property and communal land at the side to load and unload scrap metal, work on cars and dismantle metal items for scrap using hammers, grinding and cutting tools, the court was told.He created a huge noise nuisance and youths who gathered there also intimidated his neighbours.

Lawyers for housing management company Sheffield Homes said, despite officials warning Johnson, his anti-social behaviour continued.

Now an injunction has been issued against Johnson which prohibits him from a range of anti-social behaviour:

n Storing, loading and unloading scrap metal at the property;

n Stripping down or persistently repairing cars at the house;

n Playing excessively-loud music in or outside the property;

n Using intimidating words or gestures to residents or visitors to other properties at Winn Gardens.

Breach of the injunction can lead to imprisonment.

Coun Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council cabinet member for housing, said: “Everyone has the right to live peacefully in their own homes without fear or intimidation from their neighbours.

“This young man didn’t heed the warnings he was given and ended up in court as a result. I hope he has learnt his lesson.”