A heavily tattooed couple claim their neighbours have penned a threatening letter and graffitied their wall as part of a campaign to drive them out because of their appearance.
Annie and Paul Riggs woke up one morning to find a note warning them “witchcraft is not wanted here” along with the words “get out” sprayed outside.
The couple, who own a tattoo parlour, believe they have been targeted because of their body art, piercings and beliefs.
Neighbours hell bent on getting them to move from their home in Chatham, Kent, have blocked their cars in, let their tyres down and littered their garden, they say.
One woman was even witnessed relieving herself outside the couple’s house during a party according to the husband and wife.
Annie, 52, is a pagan who practises witchcraft and gives psychic readings.
She claims the abuse has been ongoing for two years despite living there since 2004.
She said: “I have lived in the property for 17 years and I intend on staying. We are constantly being tormented.
“Some sort of hate campaign has been launched and they are determined to make us leave.
“We haven’t done anything wrong so we aren’t going to be bullied out of the cul de sac because of our appearance.
“They have blocked our cars in and let our tyres down.
“They often play loud music so we can’t hear ourselves think.
“I think they are jealous because we can be who we want to be.”
The couple claims their garden is being treated like an ashtray. Their dog has previously been rushed to the vets to have his stomach pumped due to eating cigarette tips – costing the couple £500.
Paul, 49, said: “We don’t experience hatred or discrimination anywhere else – just on our street.
“We meet people of all ages and backgrounds at work and they accept us for who we are.
“But on our street, it is something else.
“Everyone believes we worship the devil – but we don’t.
“Annie practises witchcraft and does psychic readings.
“But that’s none of their business.
“We want an easy life and to be left alone.”
Paul claims the anti-sociable behaviour is ‘intimidating’ and his son Scott, 12, is scared.
Paul, who is 95 per cent covered in tattoos, is required to barricade their front door of a night to reassure Scott nobody will break in.
He said: “We are the quietest couple on the road.
“There is no reason for anybody to have any complaints or treat us this way as we’ve done nothing wrong.
“Our bodies are covered with art but surely that isn’t offensive.
“We go to work every day to provide for our family and can’t even relax when we get home.
“People are often gathered outside and talking about us.
“Our son is terrified and asks me to put something up the door of a night to ensure nobody can get in.
“I have caught a woman urinating outside our property.
“It is completely unfair.”
The couple has continuously contacted Kent Police who have issued warnings.
A spokesperson said: “Kent Police is investigating a report that criminal damage was caused to a property in Dagmar Road, Chatham, at around 3.10pm on Tuesday 20 April.
“A threatening letter is also reported to have been sent to the same address.”
Enquiries remain ongoing and anyone with information can contact Kent Police on 01634 792209 quoting 46/66202/21.