Sandra Durdin and Trevor Dempsey each denied a charge of harassment at Thames Magistrates’ Court
Get FREE email updates for East London
A couple have appeared in court accused of a year-long campaign against their neighbour including overwatering plants to flood her alleyway and putting up barbed wire on garden fencing.
Sandra Durdin, 58, and Trevor Dempsey, 62, denied a charge of harassment when they appeared in the dock together at Thames Magistrates' Court today (Thursday, December 30).
The details of the charge include putting up props and dolls, putting up a piece of black felt with colourful paint on it and parking vehicles on their then neighbour Joanne Shreeves’ driveway in The Ridgeway, Chingford.
The court heard between June 26, 2020 and August 18, 2021, the couple are alleged to have used an “excessive amount of water” to water their plants, which would flood Ms Shreeves’ alleyway.
READ MORE: Almost 100 terrorists could be released from prison next year including man who plotted attacks alongside London Bridge murderer
Barbed wire and props were also allegedly put up during that 14-month period which caused “distress” to Ms Shreeves.
The couple have also been accused of “erecting ash black felt with colourful paint over the felt” and of repeatedly parking in their neighbour’s driveway.
Durdin, who is also accused of destroying a £1,350 CCTV camera belonging to Ms Shreeves in May 2021, pleaded not guilty to a charge of criminal damage.
Do you want to stay up to date with the latest news, views, features and opinion from across the city?
MyLondon's brilliant newsletter The 12 is absolutely jam packed with all the latest to keep you keep you entertained, informed and uplifted.
You'll get 12 stories straight to your inbox at around 12pm. It’s the perfect lunchtime read.
And what's more – it's FREE!
The MyLondon team tells London stories for Londoners. Our journalists cover all the news you need – from City Hall to your local streets, so you'll never miss a moment.
Don't skip a beat and sign up to The 12 newsletter here.
The couple are now living in Ramsgate, Kent.
Appearing before Judge William Nelson, they both pleaded not guilty and were conditionally bailed.
The case is scheduled for a two-day trial at Stratford Magistrates Court on April 11, 2022.
Want more from MyLondon? Sign up to our daily newsletters for all the latest and greatest from across London here.

source