Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Real-Life Drama of Coronation Street Tenants

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Real-Life Drama of Coronation Street Tenants

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Byline: IAN JOHNSON Reporter ian.johnson@ncjmedia.co.uk

IT is a story plucked straight from a soap opera.

So it is perhaps apt this drama unfolded on Tyneside's very own Coronation Street.

There are claims of fires and snitches, amid a bitter feud unfolding on a tough estate.

"Someone even poured soup through my letterbox," rages Lynsey Mills.

She - along with Rhys Hope - are at the centre of the ugly storm brewing in North Shields. The so-called 'nuisance neighbours' have been slapped with a warning after locals claimed they are yobs and menaces.

But the pair insist they are the victims of a campaign of harassment which has left them scared to "cross the doors".

"We've had fireworks thrown, I've been jumped on and given a black eye - the lot," said 36-yearold Lynsey. "The police have been out because of this, even though we've done nothing wrong. All we want to do is just get on with our lives and have some peace."

Honestly they just head in are the people live." But not everyone agrees. Locals claim as many as a dozen people have complained about the duo since Rhys moved in last summer. He insists there are just 10 complainants.

But one local said: "They are very aggressive and threatening."

Everything from fires to random abuse to people has been linked to the pair, who maintain their innocence.

But the local added: "They are out all the time shouting 'you're getting exposed, just watch' and calling some people 'nonces'. Honestly man, they just do your head in - they are the worst people I've ever lived next to.

"They've only been here since last summer but people are already are so sick they want out. People have tried to be nice to them but they are a nightmare - it's awful living near them." The local claims that, among other things they are fly-tipping, starting fires and displaying aggressive behaviour - as well as racist language. …

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