A MUM said that her family is scared to leave their house due to alleged "threats and abuse" from her neighbour.

The woman, who we have chosen not to name due to the dispute, said that there have been arguments with one of her neighbours for the best part of 15 years.

More recently, the woman said that she has reported her neighbour for repeatedly collecting heaps of scrap metal in a front garden.

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Asked to take photographic evidence of the scrap metal activity by Wigan Council, a Housing Officer is said to have visited her neighbour's property.

The woman alleges that her neighbour became threatening and verbally abusive not long after the first visit took place.

In the days that followed, the woman said that the words "grass" and "slag" were spray painted on her windows, while her bins were been pulled over, and paint was thrown across her front door, walls, and driveway.

Leigh Journal: The windows have been spray painted multiple timesThe windows have been spray painted multiple times (Image: Contributed)

The mum-of-three said: "We can't live like this. Me and the kids are feeling scared and threatened in our own home, and they don't even want to step out the front door. It's really impacting our mental health.

"I feel like I've been stitched up because the council asked me to take photographic evidence, but it's made the situation worse and nothing is being done.

"The spray paint was left for two days which left me as an open target on this estate."

Leigh Journal: The words 'grass' and 'slag' have been spray painted on the windowsThe words 'grass' and 'slag' have been spray painted on the windows (Image: Contributed)

Both Wigan Council and Greater Manchester Police said that they are aware of the incidents on the estate.

Police officers confirmed that an individual was arrested last month in connection with allegations of harassment.

While it does not comment on individual cases, Wigan Council said that the safety of residents is of "paramount importance".

A spokesperson confirmed that the council works continuously with partners to tackle community issues such as crime and anti-social behaviour.

The woman added: "I was chuffed when I got this house because it's on the first estate that I lived and grew up on.

"But recently it's been nothing but grief and it's a never-ending cycle. We want the council and police to do something and start cleaning up this estate so we can all stop living in fear."

The council advises that criminal offences should always be reported to Greater Manchester Police, either in an emergency by ringing 999 or in a non-emergency situation by ringing 101. More information for residents reporting crimes can be found here.