A NIGHTMARE neighbour who put up surveillance cameras to spy on a family living next door has been hauled back into court after breaching a restraining order.
Michael Hall, 65, was convicted of harassment last April. The court heard that, in addition to the CCTV, the retired panel beater would roar around the cul-de-sac in his campervan at 4am and use a chainsaw at 6.30am.
During last year’s World Cup Final, he went outside with a leaf-blower while wearing a blue boiler suit and gas mask.
Neighbour Timothy Royle said the noise was often so bad that he, his wife and two children needed ear defenders to sleep. And the youngsters were afraid to play in the garden at their home in Handforth, Cheshire, because of the CCTV.
Magistrates in Stockport, Greater Manchester, ordered Hall to stop pointing cameras at Mr Royle’s home and banned him from using noisy equipment between 9pm and 8am.
But this week Hall was back in court after Mr Royle reported him to police for not taking down the CCTV.
He was found guilty of breaching a 12-month restraining order and given community service with 150 hours of unpaid work. The restraining order was extended to two years.
Afterwards, former paratrooper Mr Royle, 53, said: ‘I’ve done two tours of Northern Ireland. I’ve dealt with the IRA, bombs, explosives, gunshots — you name it — but nothing has annoyed me more than this idiot.’