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Neighbour from hell repeatedly blasts The Addams Family song at couple next door

A neighbour turned the lives of a couple next-door into "living hell" by repeatedly playing the The Addams Family theme tune at full blast.

Neil Speight, 47, would turn up the volume on the song from the 1960s American sitcom while calling out the names of Nadine and John Pearson's two children through the wall of their adjoining semi-detached houses.

Speight also loudly played the 1920s music hall classic The Laughing Policeman and falsely branded Mr and Mrs Pearson as "paedophiles" during foul-mouthed rants.

The feud, which started over a single complaint about noise at Speight's Stockport home, went on for five years and left the couple barely able to venture into their garden.

One of the young children even started repeating four letter words she learned from Speight during his hate-filled meltdowns, the Manchester Evening News reports.

The Pearsons later handed at audio tape to police of Speight shouting at them.

They said they had been subjected to a "relentless, loud and intense screaming of constant abuse".

They claimed officers initially failed to act but Speight was later charged with harassment.

In a statement to police, Mrs Pearson, who is in her 30s, said: "I just can’t begin to explain our family's suffering at the hands of this man.

"We got into a dispute with him due to noise coming from his house but what followed was a campaign of bullying and hatred constantly and all because of a simple noise complaint.

"He was calling my children through the wall when they were in their bedroom and he was loudly playing sounds from the Laughing Policeman and the Addams Family. He was also throwing snowballs into the front garden.

"When we moved in in 2013 we had a newborn baby and I was pregnant and my sister was fighting cancer.

"But Mr Speight made all this more acute and my husband worked 12 hour shifts sometimes at night so I spent long periods at home with just my daughter.

"Your home is supposed to be a place of safety and refuge, especially with young children growing up but that is not the case here.

"Problems like this don’t go away and are constant. This has been one of the hardest things I have had to deal with in my life.

"I am furious about what happened and at the lack of action from the police. He said he could do what he wanted and the police couldn’t do anything whilst my family were left unprotected and vulnerable.

"If it was only adults we could maybe have put up with it – just grin and bear it. But we bought this house as a family home to bring children up.

"This has not been that home for us."

Mr Pearson, also in his 30s, said: "Mr Speight has been a huge problem in our lives – he’s made our lives a living hell and we couldn’t get away from it.

"If we were in the back garden he would come out and if we moved to the front he would follow.

"I work long hours and I am constantly tired and my stress levels are through the roof and I have to live next door to them.

"We bought this house as a nice family home to bring up our two innocent young children.

"It hasn’t been that. He has abused us and it has affected us badly.

"We are stressed because of the hatred, bullying and abuse and it’s caused us to lose sleep. Their house is through the wall from our kids bedroom.

"Our daughter has repeated swear words she has heard coming from the man next door. One morning I came down the stairs to find my daughter curled in a ball on the sofa crying."

At Stockport Magistrates' Court, Speight admitted harassment between May and June last year and was banned from contacting the Pearsons for a year under the terms of a 12-month restraining order.

Prosecuting Richard Greenhough told the hearing: "He has been living next door to the complainant since 2013 and the relationship has deteriorated over the course of time.

"The Pearsons have suffered a campaign of bullying and hatred from the defendant’s house.

"The neighbourhood police officer in the area has been aware of the ongoing dispute between neighbours and has had to deal with the situation on a number of occasions.

"He describes the defendant in times where he has dealt with him in person.

"The officer said the defendant would get within one or two centimetres from his face and he has characterised him as often displaying threatening behaviour and at times believed that the defendant may become violent towards him.

"He has shown signs of intoxication.

"Evidence seen and heard shows the defendant to be irrational and unreasonable. He is prone to behaviour which is frightening and intimidating.

"The police officer met with Mr Pearson to get a statement and was shown footage from May 2018 which showed verbal abuse from his next door neighbour.

"A transcript of the footage was made and statements from Mr Pearson describe ‘relentless, loud and intense screaming of constant abuse’."

Speight, who has two previous convictions of sending offensive communications, was also ordered to complete a 12-month community order and was fined £180 with £235 in costs and surcharges.

His lawyer Neville Warbuton said in mitigation: "It’s clear there is no love lost on either side between these two neighbours but there have been matters put to police on both sides.

"The period which we’re considering here is quite small given the length of time the dispute has been going on for.

"The defendant regrets what he said and accepts guilt of that – he is not proud of how he has behaved.

"It’s fair to say they don’t get on. There is a lot of animosity on both sides.

"Both have gone to the police at different times but this is the only matter that comes to court. He does accept responsibility but nothing has happened since.

"Hopefully the lesson has been learned and there won’t be anything else like this to concern police."

Speight did not comment after the hearing.

The Pearsons were contacted for comment.

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