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A DISABLED man and his wife have been attacked in a bitter neighbour dispute over children playing in the street.

Barry, aged 68, and Jennifer Cater, 69, had moved to Dovedale Avenue, in Shirley, mostly home to retirees, in search of a quiet life.

Barry, aged 68, and Jennifer Cater, 69, had moved to Dovedale Avenue, in Shirley, mostly home to retirees, in search of a quiet life.

But the former plumber said the dream was shattered by their neighbour’s ‘unruly’ grandchildren playing football in front of their home, which often saw the ball hitting their windows.

“They have no respect for anyone at all,” said Mr Cater, “it’s a road where people come to retire. They don’t want children playing out everyday.”

Things came to a head on November 11 last year after Mr Cater heard an almighty bang and went outside to find another football had hit his home.

After telling the children to fetch their grandfather, an argument ensued between the Caters and neighbour William Mason which culminated in the 65-year-old butcher ripping the ball out of Mrs Cater’s hands as she tried to return inside with it.

Mr Cater, who suffers with rheumatoid arthritis, struggled outside to help and was kicked and punched before his neighbour began to choke him.

“That’s when I froze,” said Mrs Cater, “I panicked, I thought, what do I do?

“If I grab him, he might squeeze harder. His son came out and said to him ‘leave it’ three times.

“They know he’s disabled because they’ve seen him on the scooter.”

Mr Cater added: “I’m on about six painkillers a day. It means I’m in bed for a third of the year. To be knocked about with my joints...”

Mason was found guilty of two counts of assault by beating at Solihull Magistrates Court on March 12.

He received a 12 month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £100 compensation, a £15 victim surcharge and £600 costs.

But the couple said they had been left feeling frightened in their own home.

“We’re very unsettled living here now,” said Mrs Cater. “We’ve got locks on the doors and we’ve spent £600 on CCTV cameras - we shouldn’t have to feel like that in our own home.

“The children have already been out playing again. I doubt this will be the end of it.”

 

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