Couple in chains for a Town Hall protest

A DISTRAUGHT couple, who claim they have had faeces thrown at them by their neighbours, chained themselves to the stairs at the Town Hall in Weston after their application to move house was turned down. David and Anna Payne, from Pill, say they are being

A DISTRAUGHT couple, who claim they have had faeces thrown at them by their neighbours, chained themselves to the stairs at the Town Hall in Weston after their application to move house was turned down.David and Anna Payne, from Pill, say they are being forced out of their home by their neighbours and are appealing to North Somerset Housing Association to move them to another property. Anna, aged 25, says she is on the brink of suicide and will not stay at their house because she fears for her and her children's safety. The couple have been staying with friends while their children, Robin, aged two, and Oscar, aged four months, are with relatives.Anna said: "Our neighbours call us 'scum' because we have a housing association home. We've had faeces and bleach thrown at the washing and they even threw faeces at me."I won't let our children play outside because I fear for their safety. "The couple were advised to fill out a homeless application at North Somerset Council to see if they could be housed in emergency accommodation but they were turned down on Wednesday so they chained themselves to the stairs in the Town Hall and vowed to stay all night.The couple are also threatening to go back to the Town Hall to ask the council to take their children into care as they cannot look after them properly in the house they are living in.A spokesman for North Somerset Housing said: "We have a transfer policy that will apply to people who are in full compliance with their tenancy conditions and seek to live in a different location. In the interests of fairness to all tenants we hold strictly to the policy."In instances of neighbour dispute we strongly encourage neighbours to accept mediations and we pay for mediation services where tenants are willing to take this up.


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