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Reward for 'neighbour from hell' bravery
Noel Kennerley
The 1,000 will be donated by Mr Kennerley to youth clubs in Conwy

A father who stood up to a neighbour from hell who terrorised him and his family is to be rewarded by the Home Office.

Noel Kennerley, 33, from the Conwy village of Dwygyfylchi, is due to receive 1,000 - which he will donate to youth clubs - for refusing to be intimidated by his next-door neighbour Richard Lloyd.

The lives of Mr Kennerley, his wife Samantha, 31, and six-year-old daughter Daniella, were made "a living nightmare" by Lloyd when they moved to the area in April 2002.

But his determination to stand up to Lloyd encouraged other terrorised residents to join him in applying for an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO).

When Lloyd ignored the order banning him from the village for two years - he was jailed for 12 weeks.

Lloyd said he knew a hit man in Llandudno and that he had paid him to have us killed
Noel Kennerley
Mr Kennerley - who has to walk with a stick after he damaged his spine in an car accident four years ago - said: "Lloyd constantly threatened to kill me and my family.

"Once he said he would take my daughter away and after he had finished with her, he would kill her.

"He would say things like he knew a hit man in Llandudno and that he had paid him to have us killed.

'Hammer attack'

Richard Lloyd
North Wales Police distributed leaflets to name and shame Lloyd

On one occasion the threats did erupt into violence.

"He did try and hit my wife with hammer in the garden when he leaned over the garden fence."

"When the council's environmental health officer came to see him, he threatened to kill her and all the people in her office.

"We could also hear him attacking and beating his partner and her screams through the wall.

One of his friends told me, 'It was nothing personal. He hates everyone.'
Noel Kennerley on Richard Lloyd
"He drove the previous family away and the abuse started as soon as we moved in.

"I was adamant I wasn't going to take it and that infuriated him all the more which made him more even aggressive and determined which ultimately led to his downfall

"One of his friends told me, 'It was nothing personal. He hates everyone.'

'Heinous individual'

"I don't consider myself a hero, the two elderly ladies who came to court with me are the real heroes.

"They had the guts to stand up to him in a court of law."

Lloyd threatened 74-year-old Grace Moore with a baseball bat as she walked through the village and grabbed Barbara Owen and threatened to kill her after she had enquired about his partner's cat.

"He is a Walter Mitty type of character and a heinous individual."

Mr Kennerley said Lloyd, who is originally from Blaenau Ffestiniog, is believed to have moved away to live in Leicester.

Lloyd's partner owns the home next-door and continues to live there.

Mr Kennerley said he would apply for a indefinite ASBO if Lloyd returns to the village once the existing one expires.

He is one of only 30 people in Wales and England to receive the award and will travel to London on Thursday to be presented with it.




SEE ALSO:
Village ban man jailed
17 Jul 03  |  North West Wales
'Unruly' villager defies ban
08 Jul 03  |  North West Wales
Man banned from village
16 Jun 03  |  North West Wales
Q&A: Anti-social behaviour orders
20 Mar 02  |  UK News


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