Fleetwood man smashed neighbour’s CCTV

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A man smashed a CCTV camera belonging to a woman he branded the neighbour from hell.

Frank Colecliffe struck the camera with a clothes prop claiming the neighbour was totally unreasonable and he was sick of being spied on.

She became totally unreasonable, vindictive and nasty

Colecliffe, 60, of Brock Avenue, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to causing damage.

He was ordered to pay £70 compensation plus £85 costs by District Judge Rod Ross sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor, Martine Connah, said the victim, who was in the process of moving out last September, found the CCTV camera at her address, broken and hanging down.

A witness said Colecliffe had walked up to the camera with a wooden clothes prop and hit it. When questioned Colecliffe told police he was sick of the woman watching him.

Colecliffe, who suffers from asthma and uses crutches, told the judge: “I had had ongoing problems with the woman next door. She had a camera pointed at my wife’s property and the neighbours’ properties.

“She fell out with the neighbours. She started to gossip and we were not going to gossip. She then accused us of gossiping about her. She became totally unreasonable, vindictive and nasty.”