Harassed pensioner forced to leave home because of abuse


An 83-year-old woman has been forced to leave her home in Tattershall after what residents claim is a campaign of harassment by a neighbour.

According to residents, the elderly woman had to endure a “living hell” which included verbal abuse and dog excrement being daubed on her front door handle.

The News can reveal the woman - who had lived in Cromwell Place for more than 20 years - has moved to another village.

The woman was said to be too frightened to talk about her ordeal.

It is understood her husband died two years ago.

Residents say a neighbour - who moved in a couple of years ago - is to blame and has also caused problems for them.

One resident, who asked not be named, said: “How can this happen in this day and age?

“It’s appalling what this woman has had to go through.

“She wouldn’t say boo to a goose and now she’s been forced out of her own home.”

Residents claim police regularly visit the street and have also turned to local MP Sir Peter Tapsell, East Lindsey District Council and the Waterloo Housing Group - who own the properties - for help.

However, they say the woman had “reached the end of her tether” and accused Waterloo Housing of letting everyone down.

Residents were backed by local district councillor Stan Avison who launched a stinging attack on Waterloo Housing.

He said ELDC should never have signed up with the housing association, describing it as the “worst decision the authority had ever made.”

Coun Avison told the News: “What’s happened is quiet honestly a disgrace.

“I’ve done everything I can and I know ELDC’s housing officers have tried everything they can as well.

“I feel desperately sorry for her.

“It’s been a nightmare but it is almost impossible when they (Waterloo Housing) don’t want to know.

“You can’t get any answers from them.

They are too far away in Birmingham. If ELDC had stayed with Linx Housing, this sort of thing would never happened.”

Coun Avison confirmed the 83-year-old had moved out, leaving many long-time friends behind.

He said the female responsible for the harassment should not even be living in the neighbourhood which is primarily reserved for pensioners.

He added: “They (Waterloo) must have known what she was like before they moved her in.

“It’s not right that she’s still there and the elderly lady has had to move out.”

Waterloo Housing hit back and launched a strong defence of their role.

Mark Taylor, Waterloo Housing Group’s Head of Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “Waterloo Housing Group’s dedicated Anti Social Behaviour Team have been working with residents and our local partners including the police to deal with reported anti-social behaviour at Cromwell Place.

“We fully understand how distressing any reports of anti-social behaviour can be and will take robust legal action where this is evidenced to ensure that our communities and neighbourhoods are attractive, safe and pleasant places to live.

“We have previously taken legal action in this particular case and are continuing to actively review the situation on an ongoing basis.

“Where there is clear evidence of anti social or criminal behaviour in any case, we will not hesitate to work with partner agencies to take any further legal action as appropriate.“