Neighbour claims he's innocent

A RESIDENT branded an intolerable nuisance by the police, local council, neighbours and courts has today denied he is the problem behind a year-long dispute.

A RESIDENT branded an intolerable nuisance by the police, local council, neighbours and courts has today denied he is the problem behind a year-long dispute.

Andrew Walker, 39, has been put under an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) to try and stop his loud music, arguments and aggressive behaviour making his neighbours feel threatened

But Walker, who lives in Ipswich Road, Stowmarket, with his partner Bridget Leahy and four sons, says his family is innocent.

"We are not nasty people," he said.

"It's clear the neighbours don't want us here but we don't want to be here either.

"We get on well with most people in the street it's just those right next door."

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Mr Walker blames Mid Suffolk district council for failing to move his family of six out of their two-bedroom home – where his children sleep on sofas as there are not enough beds.

He said: "We are living in a scum hole and the council aren't doing anything about it.

"It has a duty to help us as we are paying tenants.

"My shed roof collapsed on my son's head but no-one has been round to mend it.

"I've tried to make it a nicer place to live by clearing the garden, putting up fences and decorating.

"When my neighbours plants grow over my fence I cut them back and then get accused of criminal damage.

"We suffer as much as anyone.

"Students have moved in next door to us and they have their music up loud but I don't hear any complaints being made about them.

"One of our neighbours has cameras pointing into our front and back gardens to we have no outdoor privacy and I have been threatened with having my head caved in on several occasions."

David Ellis, head of environment and planning at the council, said: "We are very pleased to have had this success.

"This is the Council's first ASBO application and we will not hesitate to use these powers, elsewhere if necessary. We have other cases under investigation."

The Asbo served on Walker bans him from anti-social behaviour anywhere in England or Wales and also covers his four sons – Ian, eight, Darrell, 12, Jason, 14, and Jamie, 16.

Neighbour Carol Holliman and former neighbour Simone Allison both stood up in court to say the family were making their lives a misery.

Walker has vowed to appeal against the Asbo but says he will abide by the conditions.

He will appear before Bury magistrates again on September 20 accused of breaching a previous interim Asbo by allowing children from a local care home to stay at his home just hours after the order was made.

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