Neighbour harassment

Problem with the neighbours

For harassment to be committed, there must be two or more related occurrences.

The behaviour does not have to be violent in nature.

The behaviour would need to have caused some alarm or distress.

The further apart the incidents are, the less likely that an offence of harassment has occurred. However, all the circumstances of the incident will be taken into account when determining whether or not an offence has been committed.

The law takes into account the reasonable person test. The offender must also be aware that the course of conduct they are pursuing would cause the victim to be alarmed or distressed.

There are two ways you can deal with the situation; through the police or the civil courts. If you decide to start civil proceedings, you can contact Citizens Advice. Where there are threats of violence you should always inform the police who will treat the matter as a high priority.

If you are in immediate danger dial 999, otherwise use the police non-emergency service.

Your local Victim Care Unit provides support and will be able to signpost you to the most appropriate local and national organisations.

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