ARGUS COMMENT: More protection needed from neighbours from hell

First published in News

YOU cannot choose your neighbours, but if you could Michael Hayward would be well down most people's lists.

Hayward yesterday started a two-year prison sentence after a ten-year campaign of harassment against his neighbours Stanley and Jill Thomas.

Hayward is a true neighbour from hell. He has featured in Argus reports on several occasions.

He subjected the Thomases to silent telephone calls on a daily basis. At one point he made more than 100 calls in one 24-hour period.

Hayward threw stones and rubbish at his neighbours' home, they say, and subjected them to verbal abuse.

An Asbo had no effect of him. A short spell in prison had no effect on him.

Even after Hayward had moved from Machen to Rhiwderin, he continued to harass his former neighbours.

The Thomas family should not have to go through what they did for as long as they did.

Hayward's solicitor says his client needs help. We are sure he is right.

But so do people like the Thomases.

The victims in these cases generally have to suffer for years while a case is built up against their tormentor.

That cannot be right.

There must be better, quicker ways to help people like the Thomas family. They need more protection from neighbours from hell like Michael Hayward.

At least, with Hayward behind bars, the Thomas family can sleep easy for months to come.

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11:50am Thu 24 Apr 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

"At least, with Hayward behind bars, the Thomas family can sleep easy for months to come." - Not necessarily, Argus. Apparently, smuggling mobile 'phones into prisons is rife ... they're all at it
"At least, with Hayward behind bars, the Thomas family can sleep easy for months to come." - Not necessarily, Argus. Apparently, smuggling mobile 'phones into prisons is rife ... they're all at it ex-St. Julians boy
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1:33pm Thu 24 Apr 14

davidcp says...

And he'll be tagged within 6 months, I bet.
And he'll be tagged within 6 months, I bet. davidcp
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9:04pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Anti-social behaviour by neighbours can make people's lives hell - both long-term deliberate intimidation and also inconsiderate neighbours who play loud music, have surround-sound/home cinemas, plus disrespectful and often downright ignorant parents who allow their kids to shout, scream and stomp before 10 o' clock in the morning at weekends when their next-door neighbours are trying to have a few hours' lie in after a hard weeks' work, DIY fanatics who are forever drilling and hammering against along the party walls - often before 11.00am and after 6.00pm! It's about time the law cracked down on these rogues and handed out prison sentences to those selfish individuals who think they have the right to make their neighbours' lives a misery.
Anti-social behaviour by neighbours can make people's lives hell - both long-term deliberate intimidation and also inconsiderate neighbours who play loud music, have surround-sound/home cinemas, plus disrespectful and often downright ignorant parents who allow their kids to shout, scream and stomp before 10 o' clock in the morning at weekends when their next-door neighbours are trying to have a few hours' lie in after a hard weeks' work, DIY fanatics who are forever drilling and hammering against along the party walls - often before 11.00am and after 6.00pm! It's about time the law cracked down on these rogues and handed out prison sentences to those selfish individuals who think they have the right to make their neighbours' lives a misery. Katie Re-Registered
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6:43am Fri 25 Apr 14

Woodgnome says...

Responsibilities go with rights - another example of a neighbour not being made to exercise the first quickly enough. You should not be allowed to exercise the second to the exclusion of the first.
Responsibilities go with rights - another example of a neighbour not being made to exercise the first quickly enough. You should not be allowed to exercise the second to the exclusion of the first. Woodgnome
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