People living in a block of flats in Churchill Terrace, Chingford, are calling for Waltham Forest Council to evict a woman who they say has been destroying the community for the last two-and-a-half years.
Many are too scared to confront the tenant, in her 20s, but a group of neighbours held a public meeting with Chingford MP Iain Duncan Smith today as he pledged to help them.Is he going to confront them, then?
Wayne Hewitt, 34, a self-employed gas engineer, said the woman has made repeated threats to kill him, that she has spat on him as well as abusing him for being black.
The father-of-two said: “ I've been going mad. The police are round all the time. A couple of nights ago they had to break up a fight she was having outside.
“She’s made threats on my life and she's tried kicking in our door in the middle of the night – all for confronting her about her behaviour.”Those are all crimes, aren't they? So why isn't she arrested for them?
The couple claimed police had been due to take her to court over the threats and racist abuse last November, but that the trial was called off when the Met and the Crown Prosecution Service blamed each other for losing the evidence.Meanwhile she continues to behave like an animal and no-one will stop her. Perhaps the people of Churchill Terrace should withhold the amount they pay towards policing in their council tax?
And if she's evicted, whose problem will she then be?