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Neighbour from hell, 53, returns to his council flat

Neighbour from hell, 53, who threatened to ‘slice up’ residents in foul-mouthed tirade returns to his council flat – but is now ‘kicking cardboard around and daubing graffiti on his shed’

  • Timothy Coldwell is back living in his council flat in Solihull, near Birmingham
  • It’s despite protests from residents and even his local Tory MP Julian Knight
  • Residents say he is causing problems, allegedly kicking around cardboard 
  • He was handed community sentence and £312 fine for his behaviour in July

Timothy Coldwell at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court last month following his conviction

A 53-year-old neighbour from hell who torched a communal tree at a block of flats before threatening a resident has returned home.

Timothy Coldwell is back living in his council flat in Solihull, near Birmingham, despite protests from residents and even his local Conservative MP Julian Knight.

And residents say he is already causing problems, allegedly kicking around cardboard around the communal area and daubing graffiti on his own shed.

Coldwell was handed a 12-month community sentence and £312 fine after appearing at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court earlier this month.

Coldwell was convicted on November 23 of two counts of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear on July 3.

He had previously admitted arson after setting fire to a 30ft conifer tree belonging to Solihull Council and assaulting a police officer.

He had been warned that he could face jail but only received the community order and fine. Coldwell was allowed to returned to his council flat last Thursday.

A resident, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘On the day he came back he was kicking cardboard around the communal garden area which was used for new furniture which had been bought for his flat.

‘He has also been daubing graffiti on his own shed. We are disgusted that despite what he has been convicted of he has still come back. Solihull Council just haven’t taken our concerns into account at all.’

Mr Knight said: ‘I have raised this matter directly with Fiona Hughes, managing director for Solihull Community Housing, and been contacted by a number of residents following the previous incident. I expect the rights of local residents to be respected.’

But a council spokesman said: ‘Housing officers have carried out visits in conjunction with the police to reassure residents and discuss any concerns they may have.’

A topless Coldwell, who was filmed ranting at neighbours

Neighbour Stephen Fisher  filmed a bare-chested Coldwell pointing and ranting at him

A neighbour filmed a bare-chested Coldwell ranting at him in another incident on June 27

Terrified neighbours had previously taken video footage of Coldwell setting fire to a tree and walking bare chested and pointing a finger at them.

The court heard how Coldwell had knocked back seven pints on July 3 this year and went on a rampage, shouting that someone had ransacked his flat.

On that occasion a drunken Coldwell threatened to ‘slice up’ residents after he alleged police had been into his council flat and left it in a state of disarray.

On June 30, Coldwell set fire to a tree in the communal garden. His defence solicitor Jenny McDowell said he had a drink problem and was being tested for autism.


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