Barnsley woman attacked with chainsaw says thug shouted 'here's Chucky'

A mother-of-one who was attacked by a neighbour with a chainsaw in a street in Yorkshire has said the thug shouted 'here's Chucky' as he approached her.

Jessica Appleby has claimed that the street in Barnsley has 'Britain's worst neighbours' and that the shocking attack, which was caught on camera, started after a two-year feud.

She said her chainsaw-waving neighbour, Stewart Palmer, brandished the noisy power tool in May last year and shouted he was the doll from the horror movie Child's Play.

Ms Appleby told the Sun: 'I've never felt so vulnerable in my life, I thought what's next?'

The 28-year-old mother has said that she has been repeatedly hounded by her neighbours because she doesn't fit in with the 'lifestyle on the street'.

In May last year Stewart Palmer brandished the noisy power tool and attacked Ms Appleby. He was jailed for 24 months in July.

Speaking about the attack, Ms Appleby said: 'I am ashamed that I didn't just back off but at the same time if I hadn't have done what I did I would still be there and if they hadn't of put me in a box I would have over time because I didn't want to be here anymore. 

Footage captured the moment Stewart Palmer threatened his neighbour with a chainsaw

Footage captured the moment Stewart Palmer threatened his neighbour with a chainsaw

Footage captured the moment Stewart Palmer threatened his neighbour with a chainsaw

'I was just an easy target, I was the only single mother on that street.' 

She has claimed that in one incident a group of around 12 neighbours pulled her through her window during a Christmas party.

After Palmer was jailed for the attack, Ms Appleby's partner Dean Brown told how the family, including Ms Appleby's young son Archie, could have been seriously injured if he had not managed to block the doorway.

Mr Brown said: 'It shook me up for a while because he nearly got in the kitchen.

'If I hadn't have kicked him and shut the door he would have cut us all up with that chainsaw. I had to look after her and her son. I did what I had to do.'

Ms Appleby wrote on Facebook that she had been 'terrorised day in day out' when she lived on the street in Barnsley and the chainsaw incident led to her moving house.

A series of three videos - shot by Ms Appleby and a neighbour - shows the confrontation quickly escalating from an argument in her front garden to a fist fight.

Footage shows Palmer - wearing an Ellesse zip-up top - approaching the woman's window as a child shouts 'you just spat at me' from inside.

The young mother and model charges out of the house through a side gate to confront him, repeatedly saying 'get off my property' as she tries to push him away. Mr Brown then comes out and the two men begin fighting. 

His actions came after a brawl between neighbours in a street in Barnsley, South Yorkshire

His actions came after a brawl between neighbours in a street in Barnsley, South Yorkshire

The video shows how the row quickly escalated into violence, with two couples fighting

The video shows how the row quickly escalated into violence, with two couples fighting

The video shows how the row quickly escalated into violence, with two couples fighting

Footage filmed by the next-door neighbour shows the fracas unfolding, with the two women trading blows whilst witnesses egg them on and children in the background are heard crying.

Others run in to break it up but struggle to separate the two

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