Jew wins pounds 8,000 over abuse

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A JEWISH father won more than pounds 8,000 compensation yesterday after neighbours subjected his family to a three-year campaign of abuse.

Daniel Israel, 45, a photographer, claimed that his tormentors hung pigs' tails and Union flags on their washing line, sprayed his children with insecticide and spat at him. He said that he, his wife Ann and daughters Clare, 10, and Frances, 7, had been targeted after moving into their four-bedroomed semi-detached home in Twickenham, south-west London.

In statements to Uxbridge County Court, west London, Mr Israel said his family was spied on and harassed by their neighbour Bridget Cunningham, her brothers Robert and Peter Bodsworth, all aged in their sixties, and her partner Michael Pocock.

After Mrs Cunningham issued a writ against him alleging abuse, trespass and assault, Mr Israel issued a counter-claim in which he alleged abuse, harassment, assaults, trespass and noise, all of which were denied.

Mr Justice Green said he believed the neighbours were trying to drive the family from their home, and condemned the neighbours' 'appalling conduct'. He made the award to Mr Israel 'for the upset, distress and humiliation he has suffered'.