Grandmother gets restraining order for calling neighbours 'Fred and Rose West' ...

Grandmother gets restraining order for calling neighbours 'Fred and Rose West' ...
Grandmother gets restraining order for calling neighbours 'Fred and Rose West' ...

A grandmother has been handed a restraining order after calling her neighbours 'Fred and Rose West' in a poison pen letter campaign after they rowed over a disabled parking spot.

Helen Dodgson, 55, also accused neighbour Gordon Mears of making unwanted advances towards her and sent his wife Gillian Baines, who suffers from cancer, a series of vile messages through the post. 

One branded Mr Mears a 'perverted t**t' who wants 'money for sexual favours' whilst another to Mrs Baines read: 'Hope you are okay because, you see, you are going to need a new rape kit.'

Police later arrested neighbour Dodgson over the offensive messages but as a result of her unfounded allegations Mr Mears had to move out of the couple's home in Stockport, Greater Manchester.

In a statement to police, grandmother Mrs Baines said: 'She has been targeting me since June 2020 and I cannot take it anymore.

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Helen Dodgson

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Grandmother Helen Dodgson was handed a restraining order after harassing her neighbours by sending them vicious letters which compared them to killers Fred and Rosemary West

'Every time I leave my address, she will shout abuse at me. I suffer from cancer, so the last thing I need is to be targeted at my home address. I'm trying to make the most of my life that could end any day.

'The abuse is affecting my mental health and I feel I can't walk down my own street. Her behaviour leaves me feeling suicidal.

'Gordon has a heart stent and suffers from PTSD. He doesn't need the unnecessary stress of this woman's behaviour. I feel unsafe in my own home and neighbourhood because of her.' 

At Tameside Magistrates Court, Dodgson, a former bingo hall worker from Stockport, admitted harassment and was handed a 12-month restraining order.

The order bans Dodgson from contacting the couple and another neighbour and she was made subject of a 12 month community order requiring her to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

The court heard the two women who lived opposite each other for six years had previously been friends but fell out in February 2020.

Gillian Baines was repeatedly called Rose West in a campaign of harassment by her neighbour Helen Dodgson after the former friends fell out over a disabled parking spot outside her home

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Gillian Baines was repeatedly called Rose West in a campaign of harassment by her neighbour Helen Dodgson after the former friends fell out over a disabled parking spot outside her home

The court heard Gordon Mears (pictured with Gillian) had to move away from their home because of the harassment carried out by neighbour and former friend Helen Dodgson

The court heard Gordon Mears (pictured with Gillian) had to move away from their home because of the harassment carried out by neighbour and former friend Helen Dodgson

Initially they argued over over a disabled parking bay being made outside Mrs Baines' home but their relationship deteriorated when Dodgson

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