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Tuesday, 8 January, 2002, 14:45 GMT
Neighbours tackle 'nuisance' nun
Sister Helena Hadjuk
Sister Helena has lived in the bungalow for three years
People in a Bedfordshire village are trying to force a Roman Catholic nun out of her bungalow because of her abusive behaviour.

The Pilgrims' Housing Association has already obtained an eviction notice to force the 48-year-old nun to move, but she denies that she is the cause of the problem.

Sister Helena Hadjuk, who is a member of the Order of Consecrated Virgins, said: "They have got the wrong person and I have told the police and housing association.

"People here seem to think that I am going to stop them in the street and start talking to them about God."

Chaste life

Neighbours in the village of Turvey near Bedford have complained that Sister Helena shouts at them when they walk past her bungalow.

Ray Boycott of the Housing Association said: "She shouts and screams at her neighbours and some of them say she has scratched their cars with her wheelchair.

"Her behaviour is unacceptable to her neighbours and to the association, and it hasn't been possible to find a solution," he said.

Bungalows in Turvey, Bedfordshire
Neighbours say Sister Helena shouts at them

Bailiffs arrived at her home on Monday 7 January to serve her with a notice, but so far she has refused to move.

Sister Hadjuk, who uses a wheelchair because of severe rheumatoid arthritis, has been a member of the Order of Consecrated Virgins for the past 11 years.

The Northampton Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church said there are about a dozen of the nuns in their diocese.

The nuns operate as individuals in the community after agreeing to live a life of chastity in the service of the church and their neighbours.

The housing association said under the terms of her tenancy, it can offer her another property if she is causing excessive trouble to her neighbours.

Sister Helena has lived in the bungalow for more than three years, but has lived in the same neighourhood for almost a decade.

The housing association is trying to convince her to move to a two-bedroom bungalow in Kempston, but so far she has not agreed to move.

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