Deafening music, four-letter abuse, spy cameras: The campaign of harassment by Leeds yob ... aged 72

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An elderly yob drove his neighbours out of their home of more than 20 years after a sustained campaign of harassment, a court heard.

Geoffrey Lowe, 72, made life a misery for his next-door neighbours – a couple in their late sixties – by playing loud music, banging on walls and shouting obscenities at them.

He installed CCTV cameras and mirrors facing into their home on Beechwood Street, Stanningley, and put cones and tape outside his property to cause a nuisance.

Lowe was also accused of damaging the couple’s plants.

Despite being convicted of harassing the couple in 2013 and made the subject of a restraining order, Lowe continued to harass them.

Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard there was no apparent reason for his behaviour.

Lowe pleaded guilty to continued harassment between April 12, 2013, and June 1, 2014.

He was given a community order with a 12-week curfew requiring him to remain in his home between 9pm and 7am each day and given an electronic tag to make sure he complies.

He was also made the subject of a restraining order banning him from having any direct or indirect contact with the victims and ordered to pay £200 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

PC Laura Hartford, anti-social behaviour link officer, said: “Lowe made his neighbours’ lives a misery over a significant period of time and continued to harass them for no apparent reason.

“His behaviour forced the couple to move from the home where they had lived for more than 20 years, which caused them a great deal of upheaval and emotional distress.

“It is completely unacceptable for people to behave in a way that impacts on their neighbours’ quality of life and we will not tolerate it.

“This case clearly shows the sort of action we can take alongside our partners in the council to bring a lasting, long-term solution.”