‘Prisoners in our own homes’

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RELIEVED residents who suffered years of upset from a neighbour who has now been evicted have spoken about how they felt like prisoners in their own homes.

Jill Snaith, 43, and Rita Thompson, 76, breathed a sigh of relief when June Clifford was thrown out of her home in Addycombe Gardens, Rothbury, last week.

Miss Clifford was given the boot by Homes for Northumberland after breaching her tenancy agreement and being found guilty of causing anti-social behaviour.

She is currently serving a 21-week prison sentence for breaching an anti-social behaviour order more than three times and causing harassment, alarm and distress to others.

And it is Rita and Jill, and their husbands John and Mick, who have suffered months and years of torment since they moved to the properties.

Jill, who has lived two doors away from Miss Clifford for two years said: “I’m just relieved that she’s gone and that we can now get back to normal.

“It’s been terrible, just awful. Some of the language that she came out with was terrible.

“Elderly people who live opposite her were too frightened to come out the house.

“She had a go at my husband just because she was drunk.

“She even hoyed her cat over the fence and into our garden.

“But now it is all peaceful and we feel like we are getting our lives back.

“At times Rita and me felt like prisoners.”

Rita, whose property is directly next door to Miss Clifford’s former home, added: “It has been very, very unpleasant. It was something I have never experienced before and I hope I never experience it again. You just never knew what she was going to do.

“I am just glad that all the services involved have done their job and the end result is what should have been done a few years ago as far as I am concerned.

“Thankfully it is all over.”

Jill added that the housing company has removed a greenhouse from outside the empty property and has changed the locks.

“I’m pleased with all the help we’ve had from Homes for Northumberland and how they handled it,” she said.

“They’ve all been really good.”