"We have approached them many times to try to resolve our issues, but it usually reverts to its original form. Recently we told them we have had enough and that unless it stops, we will approach the authorities." 'James and Carolyn', Southampton When to Approach your Neighbours
"If you do report it to Environmental Health/Police do not expect things to happen quickly. Expect to be in it for the 'long haul'" 'James', South Yorkshire In it for the Long Haul
"Do not underestimate the subtle effect this awful behaviour can have on you. Be prepared to be brushed off by agencies ... be prepared for them to doubt you." Lily, South-West England
Prepare for Battle
The residents have been told that because the group are all about 10 years old their hands are tied.
Our Hands are Tied
"For the last two and a half years I have been subject to excessive noise. The Council have told me they cannot help." 'Janet', Cheshire. Passing the Buck
"Just keep at it and keep reporting it. I don't bite or get involved. They can shout and threaten me but I don't react to it, just report it when I get in." 'John', Sheffield Don't Bite Back
"Can't really have visitors as its so invasive. Has impacted my mental health and made me feel unable to enjoy my new home." 'Andrew', EdinburghChild Protection
"The Council has said they can get audio recording equipment into my flat BUT they would have to ask the perpetrators first for their agreement which I am not comfortable with." 'Yvette', Yorkshire Misinformed
"My best advice is to move away from them ... 5 families from this road sold up when this problem family moved in" 'Chris', London. To Move or Not To Move
"By writing my story I am hoping that this will bring to light Anti- Social Behaviour and the effects this can have on people - we should not live in fear." Lizzy, Bristol Cannabis Nightmare
"There very soon comes a time in stalking/harassment crime when SOMEONE has to do SOMETHING PRACTICAL to intervene. Only they don't." 'Elaine' of Bristol Stalking not taken Seriously
Community Solidarity"Since we have come together as a community and all complained every time something happens the authorities are taking notice." 'Kate' of Bognor Regis.
"You can't let these people win" Sharon, Basildon Northlands Park - avoiding it not the answer
Emotionally detached housing associations"The Housing Association will drag its feet as long as it can and pay lip service to wonderful policies it has put in place." Anonymous of Caerphilly
The whole complaints process feels broken and ineffective. There seems very little help or real guidance or mediation. It's soul destroying. Neighbours of a Primary School in South Yorkshire School Nuisance
Police failed to investigate her 33 complaints of harassment. Such failings contributed to her death when she gave up on getting help and killed herself and her 18 year old disabled daughter by setting their car on fire. Fiona Pilkington
"We have suffered 12 months of harassment and distress because of the behaviour of young people on this park" Matthew Williams, Wolverhampton Effective Petition
We are in our 80s and strongly feel old age contributes to non action by the Local Authority. 'John' and 'Wendy', Exeter DIY Nightmare
My health has deteriorated, we cannot enjoy our home, do not invite friends or family to visit, nor am I able to do my job as effectively as I should
because I am always tired. We no longer trust the authorities. ...Finally an Injunction then Breached ...
"Discovering that no authority had the right to enter the property and turn of the music which had been left playing was extremely shocking and demoralising. If you cannot find respite from the world at home where does that leave you?" JA, LeicesterTired and frustrated at lack of Support
I am unsure how to deal with it as it will be there each time I get home. Anonymous of Wakefield Not Sure what to do
"The council are long in words and short in action. The Police promise to assist but don't seem to follow things through to produce a satisfactory
outcome to a complaint of anti social behaviour." 'Craig' of Bristol Beware counter-claims
"I did everything that they asked for as evidence and they said it wasn't impartial. They said the only thing that is impartial is an independent witness. I'd asked the council to get someone to stay in my property while I stay away, and they refused." ...Exhausted trying Everything
"Never, never give up fighting. Previous neighbours from Hell who owned their property ... took fifteen years, but we won." Pepper Never Give Up Fighting
"It has affected our marriage but we cannot afford to move. I have contemplated suicide as feel my life is worth nothing." 'Lisa' in Wiltshire Unbearable fumes and chainsawing
I have lived in a darkened flat for 2 years now. It takes a phenomenal effort to get out even to the local shops. David, LondonPrisoner in own flat
The anti-social behaviour team was useless. They just kept visiting and asking the person to stop making noise. They didn’t seem to know what they were doing. John, Surrey Crucial to contact the Right Department
Never give up and stand up to the people that make your life hell. Angela, Cambridgeshire Never give up!
During initial investigations and door to door enquiries made by partner agencies, most residents felt too intimidated or frightened to formally