Bathgate couple lose sleep over ‘nightmarish neighbor’ who claims he injected drugs outside his home
Elaine Hall and her husband Edward say they have suffered beatings and screams most nights since the neighbor moved into Pentland Avenue council property Boghall in September last year. Mr Hall starts the early hours at 6 a.m. in the Tesco distribution center in Livingston.
And Ms Hall said on Christmas Day that she had to call an ambulance for the man next door who appeared to have overdosed in his backyard. She says when she helped him get home, he then injected himself in his groin.
Ms Hall, 58, said: ‘About four weeks ago I was in my kitchen and he was outside my kitchen window injecting himself in his groin – in my hut. He was right in front of me. It stressed me out. I couldn’t even phone the police because I couldn’t string a sentence together. I had to wait for my husband to come home. It was around lunchtime. My husband later reported it to the council’s safe neighborhood team.
A West Lothian Council spokesperson said he was aware of the case and that officers from the teams involved were working together to provide “appropriate support”.
The spokesperson did not comment on the specific circumstances, but pointed out that support is available through their Safer Neighborhood team and community safety partners.
Police also confirmed that officers were called to report an assault on Ms Hall by a friend of the neighbor in March, after she confronted them about their behavior in the garden. Investigations remain ongoing.
Images shared with the Edinburgh Evening News show windows and doors on the neighboring property boarded up, mess left outside and a syringe that was left outside Ms Hall’s home.
Ms Hall continued: “I’m afraid the board is not doing anything to help us. We are living an absolute nightmare.
“I feel scared because a lot of times I’m home alone and Edward shows up at 3pm. I no longer work because of the anxiety. I used to clean for Lothian buses, but couldn’t go to work because I couldn’t sleep and was tired and anxious. I am now on universal credit. I had to give up my job because I couldn’t cope.
Ms Hall says she has lived in Boghall for most of her life and has been in her current home for around 25 years.
A West Lothian Council spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of this matter and work is underway on the issues raised, with officers from the relevant teams coming together to provide appropriate support. It would not be appropriate to comment on the details of the case at this time or the issues relating to individual tenants.
“Council officers will continue to provide ongoing support and assistance to tenants and use the appropriate approaches available in these circumstances. “
“It is important to stress that support is available through the Council’s Safer Neighborhood team and relevant community safety partners. To report any concerns that tenants / residents may have, the advice is to report to 01506 280000 [email protected]”
Inspector Brendan Mcmahon said: “The Scottish Police take all reports of anti-social behavior seriously. We work closely with our council partners and other local organizations to ensure that people can enjoy their homes safely. security and peace.
“The root causes of anti-social behavior are often complex and while the police have an important role to play, it is also vital that people get the specialized support they need to resolve their problems. “