Residents celebrate as 'neighbour from hell' puts her house up for sale

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Julie Rankine, who has been repeatedly hauled before court over clashes with her neighbours, has put her house on the market

Julie Rankine, who has been repeatedly hauled before court over clashes with her neighbours, has put her house on the market

Residents in a upmarket street in the West Midlands are celebrating after a neighbour they say has made their lives a misery put her house on the market for £1million.

Julie Rankine, 56, has repeatedly harassed and abused her neighbours for almost a decade - hitting one with a walking stick and threatening another with an axe.

She has been convicted of three assault charges, one of using threats and breaching a restraining order following a string of violent incidents on her leafy upmarket street.

But now her luxury five-bedroomed gated property in Sutton Coldfield, is now on the market for £995,000, to the delight of neighbours.

Rankine appeared at Birmingham Magistrates' Court in March 2017 following three occasions when she poked her neighbours with her metal walking stick during a bitter boundary dispute.

She hit resident Caroline Moore in the stomach with a metal walking stick during an argument about building work on their upmarket properties.

Neighbours were upset about the large fence Rankine put around her home (centre left, with reddish roof), loud music and harassment during her years in the property

Neighbours were upset about the large fence Rankine put around her home (centre left, with reddish roof), loud music and harassment during her years in the property

She also also waved a 3ft axe at her neighbours on the other side during a row about a fence.

The court heard those incidents were 'just the tip of an iceberg' of a nine-year campaign of harassment Rankine had waged against her neighbours.

Sentencing her, District Judge Ian Strongman described her as an 'unpleasant woman' who caused her neighbours' life '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 initially handed a 22-week prison sentence in

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