Residents are celebrating getting rid of a neighbour from hell who “ruined” their quiet cul-de-sac.
Older people living in Laburnum Avenue, Kingshurst, near Solihull, were too frightened to come out of their homes after tenant James Crawford moved into a ground-floor maisonette.
A crowd who gathered there would play loud music, drink, leave beer cans everywhere, drive cars up and down and urinate in neighbours’ gardens. Eggs and oil were tipped over one neighbour’s car and 61-year-old epilepsy sufferer Colin Maling was asked outside for a fight.
Crawford, who was named by Solihull Council, even chopped down a tree that was beside the road and left the trunk against another neighbour’s wall.
Ex-serviceman Mr Maling, who has lived in the close since 1989, said: “I’m one of the first to welcome newcomers to the neighbourhood and I went up to Jimmy and said ‘my name’s Colin’.
“I told him we like it nice, peaceful and calm and he said ‘that’s what I like’. But our community was ruined by this kid moving in. It was absolutely horrific.”
All of the neighbours decided to act together and went to Solihull Council to lodge complaints. The anti-social behaviour team at Solihull Community Housing contacted the private landlord who was unaware of the problem. Working together, they got the tenant out three weeks later. Anti-social behaviour officer Ian Tan said: “This is a great example how a community can work together to overcome anti-social behaviour.”
Landlord Andrew Rees, who served his tenant with a notice to quit, said: “I had no idea that this man was causing so much trouble. As soon as Solihull Community Housing presented me with the evidence I took action straight away.
A man answering the phone as James Crawford denied ever living at the address.