My neighbours have been a nightmare since my husband died

DEAR DEIDRE: THEY were always difficult but my neighbours have become a nightmare since my husband died.

Last week I had the boyfriend shouting and pounding on my door. He didn’t like me calling the police to complain about their party the night before.


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They also regularly dump their rubbish on my drive.

I’m 68 and have lived in the house since my twenties.

They would never have behaved like this when my husband was around. He died last year, aged 74.

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I think I will have to move but I have never bought a house before and have no family to help.

My one friend is going through a divorce, so I don’t want to burden her.

I feel unsafe and lonely.

DEIDRE SAYS: It is not surprising you feel lonely since your husband died.

Your worries are far from trivial and I am sure your friend would want to help.

But it would also help to make new friends. I am sending my support pack Widening Your Social Scene.

You were right to report your neighbours but do also contact asbhelp.co.uk, which can advise on how best to deal with them.

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