Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hellish Neighbour's 40 Yars of Hate; 85-Year-Old Hauled before the Courts for Latest Abusive Tirade against Couple Next Door

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hellish Neighbour's 40 Yars of Hate; 85-Year-Old Hauled before the Courts for Latest Abusive Tirade against Couple Next Door

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Byline: ANDY HUGHES

THIS pensioner is today revealed as a nightmare neighbour who has made life hell for the couple that live next door.

John Bushell's next-door neighbours say his 40-year campaign of hate has driven them to despair.

The 85-year-old was given a restraining order against the Mills family in 1998 after repeatedly harrassing his neighbours in the plush Tyneside cul-de-sac.

But since then he has breached the order three times and was even jailed for three months in 2001 for continuing to abuse the family.

But Bushell, it seems, did not learn his lesson and was brought before the court once more yesterday after he was caught harassing the family yet again.

A judge, however, spared him jail on this occasion on the condition he allows his neighbours to live in peace.

In the latest incident, Bushell climbed up to his garage roof in Mill Crescent, Hebburn, and hurled foulmouthed abuse at grandmother-of-three Marjorie Mills, 65, as she relaxed in her garden and challenged her and her family to a fight.

Mrs Mills ignored the insults and retired inside but three days later Bushell was at it again, this time abusing husband Ken, also 65.

Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, told how Mr Mills was delivering a letter to a different neighbour when Bushell climbed up to the garage and launched another tirade, calling him a "65-year-old vandal" and a "parcel of ****".

South Tyneside Magistrates' Court heard Bushell also branded them the "Addams Family".

The court was told the abuse has been so relentless the Mills family go away on a caravan holiday every weekend to escape the torment.

Bushell, a former bookie, yesterday admitted three counts of harassment and breaching a restraining order between August 16 and August 19 last year.

After hearing details of the case, District Judge Roger Elsey said "only a custodial sentence" was justified.

However, the judge suspended the prison term, but warned him he will activate the sentence if there is any more bother with the Mills family in the future. …

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