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A bitter four-year row between neighbours has culminated in a fed-up resident taking an angle grinder to a gate which blocked access to a communal alleyway.
Kevin Grogan, 68, blocked off the alley in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, by installing the gate and filling the area it with building debris, claiming the land belonged to him.
In a long-running dispute with Mohammed and Anju Alam - the owners of the adjacent property - Mr Grogan also set up 'highly intrusive' CCTV cameras on four metre high poles, with police describing the security measures as something you might see on a 'nuclear submarine base'.
Former builder Mr Grogan was dubbed a 'neighbour from hell' as he became involved in a four-year battle with the couple due to the cameras, which overlooked their back garden. The Alams also objected to his 'land-grab' of the alleyway, which runs behind their home.
Mr Alam has now been filmed removing the gate using power tools while Mr Grogan pleads with police officers, who watch the scene unfold.
Mohammed Alam used an angle grinder to take down the gate erected by Kevin Grogan, 68, which blocked off access to the public alleyway in Rochester, Greater Manchester
Mohammed Alam and his wife Anju (picture with their four-year-old daughter Aya) said Grogan's 'intrusive' cameras overlooked their back garden
Mr Grogan had defied police and the courts after being handed a community protection notice (CPN) which required him to reposition the cameras, which had night-vision, audio recording and barbed wire protection, so they were only trained on his property.
He was also ordered reopen the alleyway.
Mr Grogan denied two charges of failing to comply with the order at a trial at Manchester Magistrates' Court last month but was found guilty by a district judge.
But when the alleyway remained closed, Mr Alam decided to take matters into his own hands last week by removing the gate.
It prompted police to deploy officers to the scene to prevent further trouble between the neighbours.
Father-of-three Mr Alam, who claims Mr Grogan's cameras are still trained over his property, said: 'The trouble started as soon as we moved in and has been going on for more than four years.
'Mr Grogan made a land-grab when he closed off the alleyway and filled it with rubbish.
'And his cameras give my family no privacy - they are like Big Brother on steroids.
'It feels like we are living under