Vulnerable Sheffield woman ‘being bullied to death’ by abusive neighbours

‘Neighbours from hell’ has become an overused term, but one Sheffield woman can perhaps be forgiven for resorting to it.

Friday, 17th January 2020, 12:00 pm
Updated Friday, 17th January 2020, 12:00 pm

Tracy Wilson, who lives in Wisewood, says her life is being made a misery by neighbours who regularly abuse and threaten her.

The problems started three years ago, after they reportedly turned nasty over a disagreement over an out of control dog.

But Tracy says things have deteriorated to such an extent the couple now abuse her almost every time she leaves the house and have even called her a ‘retard’.

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The woman says her life is being made a misery by problem neighbours.

She says: “All I did was ask them to keep their dog on a lead rather than letting it run around at the front of the house.

“But since then they have tried to kick my door in, thrown glass and dog muck at the house and accost people as soon as they see anyone coming to my door.

“I can’t go out into my garden and I am effectively trapped in my house. I am being bullied to death and I can’t cope much longer.”

Tracy lives alone in the two-bedroom house and is classed as a vulnerable person because of her mental health problems.

But the 53-year-old says her landlord, housing association Clarion, have so far refused to do anything about the problem and have even suggested she move to solve the issue.

She said: “They just say I should leave and go into a one-bedroom property.

“My neighbours know they can get away with anything because no one will do anything about it.”

A Clarion spokesperson said: “The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority so we take anti-social behaviour in our communities very seriously.

“We are committed to taking effective action and using the powers available to us, when behaviour meets a threshold and where we consider we can provide an effective solution.

“However, residents and other agencies share this responsibility and it will not always be appropriate for Clarion Housing to lead.

“Where anti-social behaviour constitutes a crime, the police are the lead agency and we will work closely with them and provide all the assistance we can.”