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Mum of four in bin vendetta banned from speaking to neighbour

A mum of four has been banned from speaking to her neighbour for two years after waging a racist hate campaign sparked by a row over bin bags.

Lynette Pollard Credit: BPM Media

Council tenant Lynette Pollard rejected attempts to resolve the situation while constantly racially abusing her victim Michelle Reid and making her life a misery, a court heard.

Pollard, 49, from Parkeston Crescent in Kingstanding, had previously been convicted of harassment between June and October last year and racially aggravated harassment.

She was handed a 12 month community order, ordered to pay £310 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Birmingham magistrates also issued a restraining order banning Pollard from having any contact with her victim for the next two years.

This has caused me stress, depression and anxiety.

It’s been going on for the last two years. We have been frightened to go out of our own house and have kept it locked at all times.

– Michelle Reid

Bridge Kotechia, an anti-social behaviour officer with the council, said: “That was the result that Birmingham City Council wanted. The city council has worked with various agencies, including the police, to resolve matters but the defendant decided to take matters into her own hands which has led to these proceedings.”

Karen Cockitt, prosecuting, had told the court that Miss Reid had lived at her address for 19 years and initially had no problems after Pollard moved in next door.

But the harassment began when the defendant complained about where her neighbour had placed her bin bags.

Since then matters got worse between the two parties. There were numerous occasions when Miss Reid had to report matters to the Housing Department and Birmingham Council.

– Karen Cockitt, prosecuting

A further confrontation was sparked after a bin bag was dumped on the bonnet of the victim’s car. This led to an argument between Pollard and Miss Reid, with the defendant calling her “white scum and trash.”

The court was told Miss Reid made a log of each subsequent incident, which occurred on an almost daily basis.

Pollard was issued with a cease and desist notice in a bid to stop her anti-social behaviour and also given a final warning, but other residents confirmed hearing her using racist language.

Miss Cockitt said other behaviour included staring at Miss Reid, playing music in her back garden at anti-social hours and banging on the walls.

Sarah Woulfe, defending, said Pollard had previously worked as an events organiser but had to give up her job due to health problems and was registered disabled.

She added although her client felt she was the victim in the case, she was respectful of the court’s decision.

As with many neighbour disputes, there are lots of complaints made on both sides.

– Sarah Woulfe, defending