Well guys, today I have some fabulous news! Kelly and I have received a commendation award from the SLCNG Awards 2012, due to our bravery and courage in tackling anti-social behaviour.
Kelly and I live on, what used to be, a rough estate. Before Kelly and I moved in together, we had separate flats – both ground floor. Over two years ago, Kelly had just come out of hospital due to a health condition which affects her legs, back and hips. Anyways, to cut a long story short, Kelly had undergone surgery and was in recovery mode. It was midnight on a Saturday night and we were both in my flat aware of a party which had just begun in the upstairs flat above us. We tried to get back to sleep, but it was impossible!
At around 5.15am (Sunday morning) we heard an extremely loud bang. I jumped up to investigate, as it sounded like the noise had come from my living room! I peered out of the window and I couldn’t believe what I witnessed next. A male from the flat above jumped out of the upstairs window and landed in the bush next to my patio. I opened my window and said, “What on earth are you doing?!” He bellowed a whole load of abuse at me telling me to shut up and stated that I was a ‘fat cow’. I was fuming, and made my way to my front door as I knew this male would wander passed – plus, that was the only door with any keys in!
As I made my way to the front entrance, Kelly hobbled in front of me asking what was going on. I replied telling her some lunatic had jumped out the window. I then opened my front door and found a female banging on my upstair neighbours front door shouting for her to let her in. I asked her to keep the noise down and to advise her friend to turn the music down. She got irate with me and shouted abuse at me. She then ended up in my front passage way and in the light I could see that she had been sniffing some form of drug! Wary that my Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Diesel (who was just a kitten at the time) were in my home, my main concern was to remove this drugged up lunatic from my home! I opened the front door, at which point two or three males were kicking, and I ushered the female out of my premises.
Upon removing the female from my premises, she grabbed my hair and as I was wearing my pyjamas I held on to my vest top as I was aware that there was numerous males around – and I didn’t want anyone seeing my personal body parts! My head was pulled over and I was aware that a knee was about to hit me in the face, so I decided rather than end up with a broken nose that I would tuck my chin down to my chest. On doing this the female brought her knee up and kneed me in the eye. I was then kicked by one of the males.
I remember feeling warm and tingly in the area to which I was struck. I knew I had blood dripping down my face because Kelly was insisting on us going to the hospital. I told Kelly I was fine, and I advised her to grab my phone and ring for the police.
The police arrived, along with an ambulance. The female was shouting, “Oh got yourself an ambulance to make it look worse?!” She was also stating, “Ring 01325 (and so on), that’s the number of my solicitor, he’ll sort this!” I immediately thought, ‘well you’ve been in trouble with the law previously’. I made my way to the ambulance fearful of what may happen to our beloved pets, who were at this point ‘home alone’.
As I got to hospital, I was assessed and ended up having around six stitches. These were only butterfly stitches, but they were still stitches! Anyways, I also suffered concussion, lost my job and have a permanent scar.
As a result of the incident, I took the female to court and she received a fine as well as a criminal record. My neighbour who lived above me also received a two year noise prevention asbo type thing – she later moved out. And I received £1,500 compensation for my injuries, along with a total of £250.00 which was paid monthly by the perpetrator.
Kelly and I were both shook up by the ordeal and we were not prepared to let anyone else off our estate spoil the fully furnished flats we had worked so hard for! I later moved in with Kelly and needless to say, we went on to have around five more individuals evicted and dealt with via a behavioural agreement enforced via the courts.
With all the hard work we had put in to keeping our home and surrounding area a peaceful and relaxing place, we were finally rewarded with a curved glass plague from the SLCNG Award 2012 in Birmingham, Solihull. Anti-social behaviour is not acceptable. Individuals causing anti-social behaviour should be reported to the police! Don't suffer in silence, enjoy your home and stamp out anti-social behaviour – we did! 🙂