Neighbour ‘from hell’ leaves locals rejoicing as she puts £1m home on market

Residents of a leafy British street are rejoicing after a "neighbour from hell' is putting her house on the market for £1million.

Julie Rankine earned the title of "neighbour from hell" after a 10-year war waged against her neighbours that included hitting one with a walking stick and threatening another with an axe.

Now, the residents of leafy Streetly Lane, Sutton Coldfield, can sleep easy because the luxury five-bedroom property is on the market.

The 56-year-old's soon to be former neighbours have said they are "delighted" at the news and will celebrate when she's finally gone.

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One of Ms Rankine's neighbours said: "She's blighted this area for about 10 years now.

"It has been absolute hell living near her.

"We are overjoyed she is moving out.

"I think there will be a lot of people celebrating when she's finally gone.

"I just feel for the people who she ends up moving in next to.

"I don't want to sound elitist but you hear of these things happening on council estates, not in an area like this.

"We never expected this when we moved to Sutton.

"But we're delighted its coming to an end.

"My wife has had sleepless nights over her behaviour and she's caused a lot of people a great deal of stress."

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In 2017, Ms Rankine appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court following three occasions when she poked people during a boundary dispute.

The court heard the incidents were "the tip of an iceberg" of a nine-year campaign of harassment she waged against her neighbours.

During sentencing District Judge Ian Strongman described her as an "unpleasant woman" who caused her neighbours "lives to be hell."

He said: "This was part of an ongoing dispute with your neighbours, which had been distressing them for many years.

"You have caused your neighbours great distress and this is your comeuppance."

Rankine was handed a 22-week sentence in 2017 for attacking three neighbours but she suffered a stroke one day into the sentence and the judge suspended the jail term.

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Of the property, Estate Agent Quantrills on Rightmove said: "This is a very impressive double-fronted period family residence, occupying a mature setting in this sought-after and convenient residential location opposite Sutton Park.

“Most attractive in appearance with classic double fronted elevations, the property stands well back from the road behind a deep front garden with gated driveway providing extensive parking for up to 12 cars.

“The spaciously arranged elegantly proportioned family accommodation retains many of is delightful features.”

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