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‘Sinister’ tactics of ‘neighbour from hell’ who terrorised a community

Posted on - 14th June, 2024 - 2:56pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Leyland, Longton & New Longton, Preston News, South Ribble News
Liam Bain, 34, who was jailed

A man described as ‘the neighbour from hell’ has been jailed after a decade-long campaign of intimidation against his elderly neighbours.

Liam Bain, 34, now of Parish Gardens, Leyland, pleaded guilty to five counts of harassment and was jailed for four months.

Bain – whose crimes included walking past his victims homes wearing a Spiderman mask or a balaclava – has also been given a restraining order banning him from entering the streets where the offences took place or contacting his victims directly or indirectly for the next five years.

His campaign of intimidation in Longton was carried out against neighbours in their 60s,70s and 80s.

His neighbours reported the following incidents:

  • Walking past their houses wearing a Spiderman mask or balaclava in an intimidatory manner
  • Spitting when they walked past his house
  • Shouting at the one of the male victims as he went to work
  • Staring at a male victim while either flexing his muscles or shadow boxing
  • Harassing workmen working at two of the victims’ property and offering them arm wrestles or a fight
  • Spraying one of the female victim’s cars with a jet wash while she was driving past to make her think she had hit something. Once she got out of the car to check, Bain then soaked her and shouted abuse at her
  • Kicking a football at their houses in an effort to intimidate them
  • Makes V-signs at their family members when they come to visit, and followed the family members back to their homes
  • Beeping his horn when he saw them in the street, flashing his headlights and staring at them
  • Shining a laser pen at one of the female victim’s while she was driving, causing her to swerve
  • Using his leaf blowers in the early hours of the morning.
  • Playing loud music from his van at 4am outside victims homes
  • Saying to one of his victims: “You lot can’t do anything about it, I will still be here when all of you are dead.”

See footage below of Bain’s behaviour or view it on YouTube

What his victims said about living next door

One victim said: “Emotionally it has taken its toll on me as not a day goes by without persistent, agonising torment being inflicted on me, it is absolutely awful. Liam Bain made me a prisoner in my own home with his consistent coercive behaviour.”

Another victim said: “After my first encounter with Liam Bain, I started to notice his peculiar behaviour towards me was increasing and he was fixated with my movements which over the years have developed into daily stalking. I did not know Liam Bain prior to moving into this area and I had never heard of him, but his constant unwanted attention has left me an emotional wreck.

“Liam Bain clearly knows my routine as he is always there watching, mocking and shouting abuse at me, which causes me extreme anxiety, distress and alarm.”

A further victim said: “I live with the knowledge that Liam Bain watches for movement from my home all the time, as I know that when I venture from my home I will suffer intimidation and harassment each time I leave or return. The other great concern I have is that we are unable to even talk to any neighbours without some repercussions.

“Given that I am an 80-years-old man I have a desire to live my life without added misery from Liam Bain. My retirement has been spoiled by his behaviour, and the lack of ability to go about my normal daily life without this level of intimidation is a real cause for concern.”

Read more: Over 100 pet rats living in dirty and overcrowded conditions rescued from house in Leyland

Judge says Bain was ‘neighbour from hell’

Judge Recorder Kevin Slack told him: “There is, in my judgement, no other way to describe you than behaving as the neighbour from hell.

“You have caused the residents of these two streets untold misery without there being any cause for you to behave the way you have.

“Some of that may have been childish behaviour but that does not do justice to the scale of misery your conduct has caused.

“It is a common feature that they say they were afraid of leaving their homes to go and visit their neighbours, for fear of what you may do to them.

“You taunted them, saying there was nothing anyone could do about your conduct. “You told one victim you would still be there when they were all dead.

“There is something the court can do and that is to make a restraining order.”

Read more: Envelope containing excrement put through door of South Ribble Tory candidate’s Longton office

Police welcome conviction for ‘sinister’ behaviour

PC Jenny Fairhurst, from South Division, said: “Liam Bain engaged in a sinister campaign of abuse and harassment against his neighbours for reasons only known to himself. His behaviour against his victims – aged between 60 and 85-years-of-age – had a profound impact on their daily lives, causing them to change their behaviour and effectively become prisoners in their own homes. It shocks me that someone can have such blatant disregard for their neighbours, especially given their ages and vulnerabilities.

“I want to be clear that this form of intimidatory behaviour will not be tolerated by Lancashire Police and we will do everything in our power to put the perpetrators of such acts before the courts.”

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