Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…
A family has been left scared to go out of the house after they said a man ran at them with a knife in the street.
Nettleham is a pleasant village just a short distance from Lincoln – but Lincolnshire Live has been told some there have experienced serious problems with anti-social behaviour.
The knife incident is one of a number of issues reported down a street in the village – and some residents say they have been left fearing for their lives and fleeing the area to get away from the trouble.
One woman said that a problem with a neighbour has left them feeling vulnerable and with no protection.
Her husband has previously been threatened to be stabbed after he parked in the wrong place.
The family said they just don’t know what to do as they feel completely ‘let down by the police’.
She said: “We have had issues with a neighbour for quite some time now. We moved in at the end of October and it began after just a couple of weeks.
“My husband was threatened to be stabbed as he had parked in the wrong place just two weeks after moving into our house.”
This incident was reported to the police.
On Saturday, August 3 the issues came to a head after the neighbour and their partner started to fight out in the street.
She added: “She was hitting him with a hoover and there was screaming and shouting and lots of swearing. We came to the window to see what was happening and he started shouting our way so we stepped back.
“A moment later we heard shouting again coming in our direction so we stepped to the window to see our female next door getting verbally abused.
“She had gone outside to call her five-year-old boy in who was playing right where the domestic was happening. Her only interest was to get her boy away from what was happening and she had very calmly called him over.
“We popped our head out and told her to come inside, we’ll make her a cup of tea.
“A moment later we heard a car at speed reverse up to our window where the said neighbour stared through our window and both myself and next door. Trying to intimidate us. We looked away in the hope he would just calm down.
“My next door neighbour decided she just wanted to get the kids back home but as she left he started shouting again.
“My husband at this point after seeing that was going on walked outside to tell the neighbour to calm down. Said neighbour shouted to my husband ‘I’ve got something for you mate.’ Jumped into his living room window and back out again with a 40cm kitchen knife.
“My husband ran and so did all the neighbours who were out. We locked ourselves in the house and dialled 999.”
Initially armed police arrived very quickly and statements were taken at the scene
However, when neighbours reported that he was back on the street a few days later the police did not return despite concerned calls to the force control room.
She added: “I made a complaint to the police the next day after still not hearing anything from the police. At 4pm a police officer called my husband to say they were taking the case no further.
“He said they didn’t have enough statements, but they at least had three and could have had more.
“We fear for our lives and feel totally let down by the police. We have no protection and no guarantee of safety.”
However, Lincolnshire Police have refuted the claim that they are not taking the case any further.
The force said that officers have interviewed a 33-year-old man and that they are still investigating.
They added they were unable to comment further due to the live investigation.