NIGHTMARE neighbours are making lives a misery of a resident who has now likened the street he lives in to Beirut.

Martin Cooke, 57, from Manning Road in Cotford St Luke, said housing association Curo must do more to protect tenants from ongoing anti-social behaviour.

The complaints come after police were called to reports of theft which are allegedly just the tip of the iceberg.

“I have never seen a street like this in my 57 years,” he said. 

“The good people of Manning Road are being treated diabolically – we must have had 50 visits from police in the street in the last year since I have been here.

“We are in danger. I have been threatened with death and people keep coming back like yo-yos – it’s unbelievable.”

People in the village claim to be putting up with anti-social behaviour and verbal abuse which residents say is down to a small number of people in the village.

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Avon and Somerset Police described a recent spate reported thefts as “unusual” for Cotford St Luke. 

Police confirmed that overnight on Wednesday, November 8 there was a report of a theft from a vehicle in the village. There were also two further reports of thefts from vehicles overnight on Sunday, November 12.

A police spokesman said officers are in regular contact with residents and are working with the housing provider to address complaints.

Mr Cooke said the issues are causing his wife sleepless nights and ill-health.

He added: “We are in danger, we have been threatened with death. I have put in about 70 reports on Curo’s website since I moved here a year ago.

“A man who lives near me has told me this road has been like it for eight years.

“A gentleman was drunk out of his brains and self-harmed in front of children here.

“It’s like living in Beirut – we should move to Syria to get some peace.”

A spokesman from Curo, based in Bath, said it “always takes reports of anti-social behaviour seriously.”

The spokesman added: “We want residents to enjoy their home and neighbourhood. We have received complaints from a small number of residents about anti-social behaviour at a property in Cotford St Luke. 

“We’re working closely with all parties, including the police and the residents who have complained, to take action. This includes the use of acceptable behaviour contracts and good neighbour agreements. 

“If unacceptable behaviour continues then we always take further action which can result in us terminating a tenancy.”