OAP risks jail over council tax row

A PENSIONER who waged a ten-year campaign against her neighbours today pledged to go to jail rather than pay the police portion of her council tax.In the latest development in the ongoing saga, Jennifer Goodchild claimed she is the victim and has ordered her council to put back the money it took from this year's tax to cover last year's arrears.

A PENSIONER who waged a ten-year campaign against her neighbours today pledged to go to jail rather than pay the police portion of her council tax.

In the latest development in the ongoing saga, Jennifer Goodchild claimed she is the victim and has ordered her council to put back the money it took from this year's tax to cover last year's arrears.

Mid Suffolk is now having to re-institute court proceedings it had dropped in order to claw the money back.

However, the firebrand OAP, of Aldis Avenue, Stowmarket, is vowing she will not pay.


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The 69-year-old was found guilty in July 2004 of breaching a restraining order and making her neighbours lives a misery.

Her antics included blocking a shared driveway, pouring urine on her neighbour's plants and verbal abuse.

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Ms Goodchild said she will not give in, despite the threat of more court appearances.

“I will not pay one penny towards them,” Ms Goodchild said. “I have got videos of me being punched, my home being vandalised and things being thrown at me but the police will not look at the videos. I am prepared to go to jail. I am going to make a stand.”

Ms Goodchild has been warned that if she does not cough up the money she owes she faces legal proceedings.

A spokesperson for Mid Suffolk District Council said steps were being taken to recover the arrears.

A court hearing had been arranged on June 23 in Bury St Edmunds but proceedings were dropped after payments made by Ms Goodchild for this year's council tax were reallocated by the council to wipe out last year's debt.

However, when the OAP found out she demanded the money be put back.

As a result she faces the prospect of a new court hearing if bailiffs are unable to recover the debt.

A spokesperson for Mid Suffolk District Council said: “We are doing our best to work with Jennifer Goodchild to avoid the need to take further recovery action.”

Ms Goodchild's neighbour, Stephen Starling, said the pensioner had badgered him and his wife, poured urine on their plants and damaged two of their cars.

He said: “I'm sure it is not the case that she is being victimised. She is a complete nightmare for the police and a nuisance.

“She is a 69-year-old woman and I'm sure the police have got better things to do. If there was anything genuinely wrong I'm sure they would help her.

“What she says about having CCTV isn't true. We have been to court three times and on all the occasions she has claimed to have tapes and when she gets there she doesn't have anything.

“There was a time when a front door was open and she called the police and said I had kicked it in but I was staying with my wife in a hotel at the time. “I think she is a serial complainer.”

Mr Starling said he did not want Ms Goodchild to go to prison but wanted her to leave his family alone.

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