Gran racially abused neighbours and is now sleeping in her car after home ban

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Barbra Aitchison, 57, subjected her victims to verbal and physical abuse and even followed them to work during her reign of racist terror. She was jailed for six-and-a-half months but was released last week, having served just half of that sentence. 

Barbra is, though, subject to an indefinite restraining order, which bans her from contact, directly or indirectly, with her victims, reports Yorkshire Live.

But the mother says she is “frightened” for her future and is heartbroken she can’t even make herself a cup of tea on the street where she raised her son in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

“I’m a vulnerable person. And now I’m so frightened for my future. They kicked me out of my house of 32 years,” Barbra added.

“I got locked up and lost all of my benefits. If I didn’t have friends I wouldn’t even have a cup of tea or a shower.

“I have been treated like a second-class citizen. I’ve been abandoned.

“Now I have nowhere to live. I’ve got really bad mental health and it’s been such a big struggle.

“I’m finding it so difficult. My home has been stripped away from me.”

I’m a vulnerable person. And now I’m so frightened for my future. They kicked me out of my house of 32 years

Barbra Aitchison

Barbra, who is currently sleeping in her car, claims she and the neighbour on her street were friendly at first but their relationship soured over the years.

The gran claims there had been complaints about music and eventually she started receiving “hostile messages”.

Barbra said she was shocked when she was arrested by police in June.

She said she now wants to return to the home where she raised her son and her grandchild.

Barbra added: “I just want to go back home to where I have lived for 32 years. It’s where I raised my son.

“I used to bring him out to the park just round the corner. I just want my old life back.”

Barbra was sentenced in July at Sheffield Magistrates Court after being convicted of racially aggravated harassment and racially aggravated common assault at an earlier hearing.

Following her sentencing, South Yorkshire Police said the residents on the street were ‘repeatedly racially abused and harassed’.

Hate Crime Officer PC Chris Nicholson said: “Aitchison’s victims lived in fear and ended up being afraid to leave their homes in case they were confronted.

“This was a prolonged and drawn out series of offences which has had a significant impact on the victims, who have been repeatedly racially abused and harassed.

“We are pleased that Aitchison has received a custodial sentence alongside her restraining order, it sends a signal that this type of criminality will be dealt with.

“Any form of hate crime or abuse is totally unacceptable and I want people to know that where these kind of offences are committed, and where we can gather supporting evidence, South Yorkshire Police will pursue justice.”

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