Family ‘scared to leave the house’ after years of abuse from nightmare neighbour in Coventry

A Coventry family say they are ‘scared to leave the house’ after more than two of ‘taunting and harassment’ from their former next-door neighbour. Mrs Khan, 44, spoke of the horrendous abuse her family has endured which ranges from alleged verbal racial insults to stalking.

CCTV footage has captured the perpetrator, a woman in her 50s, hurling abuse at the family and mimicking Mrs Khan outside her home. She said the ‘ordeal’ started during lockdown in 2020 when her neighbour began parking her car ‘towards our driveway.’

Speaking to CoventryLive, Mrs Khan said: “Suddenly during lockdown, she started parking towards our driveway and she used to stare at us. I told my husband something was not right, why was she behaving so weirdly? But my husband said it was probably nothing, maybe a misunderstanding.”

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‘Dirty looks’ soon turned into verbal insults, Mrs Khan claims, saying weeks later she was subjected to sickening racial abuse from the woman. “She came out and started swearing at me, saying: ‘You Indian, you have got a thick accent, go back to your country.’”

Mrs Khan explained that she then began to record the erratic behaviour of her next-door neighbour. She also started to report the incidents to police who say they are progressing the matter to Force CID.

Mrs Khan said the woman shows up outside her home despite having moved elsewhere in Coventry
(Image: Supplied)

She said: “I started recording her from then. She started targeting our children, we came back from shopping one day and she was showing the middle finger, for 30 to 40 seconds flicking it up and down.”

Despite the woman moving elsewhere in Coventry around a year ago, she allegedly still comes back to her former street to torment the family. Surveillance footage captured the unnamed woman standing outside their home with her phone pointing at the ‘bedroom window’ as well as a car, matching the description of the vehicle owned by the woman, driving by the property late at night honking the car horn.

CCTV footage captured a driver honking their car horn as they passed the home of the Khans
CCTV footage captured a driver honking their car horn as they passed the home of the Khans
(Image: Supplied)

Mrs Khan said she has also received a hateful card filled with disgusting messages in the post, which she believes was sent by the woman who has been allegedly tormenting her family. She said she ‘really does not know why’ her family, is being targeted by their former neighbour, but has said that the abuse has taken an emotional toll on both herself and her family.

“It is mentally affecting us. It has started affecting my husband and his health. I started taking anti-depressants and became dependent on them. I am scared to go out of my house because of the way she screams and humiliates us in public. We are so sick and tired of this,” she said.

Mrs Khan received this card filled with hateful messages which they believe is from the woman, who is in her 50s
Mrs Khan received this card filled with hateful messages which they believe is from the woman, who is in her 50s
(Image: Supplied)

Mrs Khan said that her 14-year-old daughter refused to go to school on Friday (May 20) after the unnamed woman screamed at her on the street calling her a ‘f*****g b***h.’ Mrs Khan said: “I took a day off work on Friday (May 20) because my daughter was so disturbed mentally that she did not want to go to school. I had to call them and explain why she missed her physics exam.” She added that the abuse has also started to affect her 16-year-old son who is currently taking his GCSEs.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “We are looking into reports of harassment against a woman in Coventry. Officers from the Bell Green Neighbourhood team have visited the woman and are continuing to support her.

“Officers issued a community protection notice against the suspect, a woman in her 50s. While a number of measures have been implemented on a local level, the matter is being progressed to Force CID who will be in touch with the woman.

“We take all allegations of harassment incredibly seriously, and we are committed to ensuring the safety of members of our community. We always encourage people to report crimes to us and we will follow all reasonable lines of enquiries to provide a proportionate response.”

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