Two terrified pensioners today told of their ordeal at the hands of their next-door neighbour.
Mavis and Alan Ward, of Leaway, Thornton, claim they have been subjected to more than a decade of harassment by Kirsty Robertson, who lives next to them.
The couple claim she has hurled abuse and threats at them which has left them scared to go out without panic alarms.
Robertson, 44, was given a two year conditional discharge and restraining order at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to two charges of using threatening and abusive behaviour and harassment.
Mrs Ward, 65, says she has battled stress throughout the dispute, and had to have an operation on her eyes when she contracted closed angle glaucoma and lost her eyesight.
She said: “It’s been horrendous for us. I’ve had several operations to help my eyesight.
“ I’ve had to get counselling, and now we both go out with alarms.”
The couple claim they left their Poulton tea room business when the stress of their ordeal became too much, but they are now hopeful the court order will put a stop to their misery.
Mrs Ward added: “She hates my CCTV cameras and this has gone on for so long.
“We are so pleased we got this restraining order and I hope she just behaves.”
In a victim impact statement prepared for the case,
Mrs Ward said: “I have been threatened to watch my back.
“All we want to do is live our lives in peace with our family and grandchildren. No human should have to endue such harassment.
“We cannot walk out on the street without panic alarms, we have no social life.”
Mr Ward, 63, is on anti-depressants, something which he puts down to the stress of the past few years.
He added: “I’m hoping this brings an end to what has happened, but after all these years I’m a bit sceptical.
“It’s hard to believe someone can be like that in this day and age. We never walk anywhere now.
“We used to go walking along some lanes at the back of us but we have got to be so careful.”