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‘Neighbour from hell’ wins new trial after conviction for ‘launching rocks over fence of her £1million home’

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The daughter of ex-Tottenham manager Peter Shreeves, aka the ‘raw neighbor from hell’, wins new trial after being convicted of ‘launching rocks over the fence of her £1million house in 18-month hate campaign that started feud over driveway’

  • Woman found guilty of hate campaign against neighbors in May gets new trial
  • Joanne Shreeves, 51, was convicted of assault and criminal damage
  • She allegedly caused damage to her neighbor’s property in East London

A woman accused of being a “crazy neighbor from hell” and running a hate campaign against the couple next door has been given a new trial by a judge.

Joanne Shreeves reportedly caused hundreds of pounds of damage to Trevor Dempsey’s luxury property in London’s Chingford, including a fence, garden flowers and a bespoke potting shed.

Joanne Shreeves was seen on CCTV throwing a series of items over the fence at her neighbors

In camera footage of Mr Dempsey, 62, and his former partner Sandra Durdin, 58, Shreeves appears to be spitting and laughing at her neighbors last June.

The video also shows Shreeves, daughter of ex-Spurs manager Peter Shreeves who owns the house, shaking the fence between the properties in The Ridgeway, Chingford, growling, “You’re a dirty bastard, you are. A damn dirty c***. You know what happens to dirty c***s?’

The 51-year-old has always claimed that CCTV footage of her spitting and swearing was manipulated by her neighbors.

The trial continued in her absence and she was convicted in May by a judge of the Stratford Magistrates’ Court on charges of assault, criminal harm and two of intentional threatening behavior in relation to the couple.

Shreeves did not attend her trial, claiming it was because she was too sick, which the judge accepted and set her convictions aside.

She first filed for reopening her case in June, and after a hearing yesterday, District Judge William Nelson agreed to Shreeves’ request and set the new trial for November 30 at Stratford Magistrates’ Court.

Sandra Durdin and Trevor Dempsey (pictured together) were involved in an 18-month feud with neighbor Joanna Shreeves at their £1 million house in Chingford

Sandra Durdin and Trevor Dempsey (pictured together) were involved in an 18-month feud with neighbor Joanna Shreeves at their £1 million house in Chingford

Mr Dempsey, 62, and Mrs Durdin, 58, (pictured outside Thames Magistrates' Court last year)

Mr Dempsey, 62, and Mrs Durdin, 58, (pictured outside Thames Magistrates’ Court last year)

Shocking footage shows Shreeves throwing cement over her fence at neighbors

Shocking footage shows Shreeves throwing cement over her fence at neighbors

The court had previously heard that Shreeves returned to her childhood home in February 2019 and her vicious hate campaign began when neighbors got into an argument over a concrete pole that Mr Dempsey knocked over in the driveway and replaced it without agreement.

The families had been friends for more than 20 years and had attended parties at each other’s home before their relationship broke up.

Over the next 18 months, Shreeves is said to have damaged her neighbor’s property thousands of pounds, breaking their fence, knocking over garden flowers and destroying their custom potting shed.

Dempsey had claimed that Shreeves was like a “possessed person” when she threw boulders over his fence on October 24, 2020:

“There was a big crunch — she went livid,” he said.

CCTV footage shows Shreeves walking through the garden with a large broom and crossing the fence.

Testimony Durdin claimed that Shreeves “constantly” threatened to kill her on their suburban street in Chingford, where the fake Tudor homes are raising £1 million.

The warring neighbors lived in these two properties in prosperous Chingford, north London

The warring neighbors lived in these two properties in prosperous Chingford, north London

On camera footage, Shreeves appeared to be seen throwing cement over her fence on her neighbor's property with a shovel

On camera footage, Shreeves appeared to be seen throwing cement over her fence on her neighbor’s property with a shovel

Ms Durdin said she and her husband had been “close friends” with Joanna’s father Peter Shreeves, the former Tottenham Hotspur manager who owned the property.

CCTV footage also appeared to capture the moment Shreeves spat at Ms. Durdin’s son, Mitchell Durdin, as they walked down the alley between the two houses.

Shreeves denies sexual assault, criminal harm and two of threatening behavior and has been released prior to retrial.

Mr Dempster and Mrs Durdin have since moved to Ramsgate in Kent.

At the trial in May, District Judge William Nelson found Shreeves guilty on all charges, including habitual assault related to the spitting up.

He said, ‘I’ve seen her spit and heard her spit and it’s clear to me they spit on him. [Mr Mitchell] and therefore it is clear from the images intentional.

“So it is unlawful use of force and I find her guilty of that fact.”

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