A nightmare before Xmas all ends well

Chairman of Police Federation Pete Singleton, Sue Scull and PCSOs Jordon Conley and Ian Hinton
Chairman of Police Federation Pete Singleton, Sue Scull and PCSOs Jordon Conley and Ian Hinton

A carer whose neighbour’s nightmare visitors made her life a misery has been saluted by police and given a special early Christmas present.

Police Federation chairman Pete Singleton was so impressed with Sue Scull’s bravery that he was only too happy to present her with £100 worth of Asda vouchers - just in time for Christmas.

Mrs Scull, 56, who cares for her disabled son at her Crown Street home in Earlestown, was subjected to daily abuse and criminal damage by her vulnerable neighbour’s drug-fuelled visitors earlier this year.

But she stayed strong and, with the help of the police, has since had the unwanted visitors evicted.

She said: “My neighbour is vulnerable and these people would doss in his house for weeks on end. People would come in and out of his house at all times of the day and night and I was worried about the safety of my son, Andrew, who has cerebral palsy.

“The police gave me a diary to log everything that happened and the local police community support officers were absolutely brilliant. I used to refer to PCSOs as ‘plastic policemen’. Not any more.”

Matters came to a head during a two-week spell at the end of August and start of September when Mrs Scull’s life was made a living hell.

The unwanted visitors then returned for a further fortnight before the council issued them with banning orders.

Mrs Scull added: “The police have been amazing - very supportive. Ian and Jordan - the local PCSOs - regularly pop in to check everything’s okay. It’s very reassuring.

“I would advise anyone who is experiencing the same thing I did to let the police know. If you don’t tell them, they won’t be able to help you.

“I was knocked out by them giving me an award too. The vouchers will pay for our Christmas dinner!”