Great Britain

Moment neighbour spat over parking boils over as couple mock petrolhead’s cars yelling ‘brum brum’

A THREE-YEAR spat over parking in a sleepy village boiled over when a petrolhead filmed his neighbours mocking the loud engines of his TEN vehicles - as they furiously pretended to be cars by shouting "brum, brum".

Father-of-two Andrew Tate, who calls the local couple "neighbours from hell", boasted he can have up to ten cars at a time outside his semi-detached home in leafy Bedlington, Northumberland.

His neighbours, Amanda and David Glass, who describe Tate as a "nightmare neighbour", claim he routinely blocks their gateway with his over dozen-deep car collection.

Car fanatic Andrew has bragged online about starting his high-performance BMW M2's engine at 6.15am despite boasting the vehicle hits an ear-piercing 131dB, which is said to be just 10dB short of an airplane taking off.

The situation between the trio reached a climax when the pair confronted Andrew over it on Easter Sunday.

Footage of the furious encounter captures Amanda shaking her clenched fists in front of her chest as if she's behind the wheel as David shouts "brum, brum, brum" while waving his arms about in fury to mock the revving engines.

"I can make 'brum, brum, brum' noises and I don't need a heap of s**t like that to do it," David can be heard furiously saying, as Amanda attempts to take him back inside their house.  

He then explains to the motorhead that the "majority of residents voted for a parking scheme because they didn't want his [Andrew's] cars parked all over the place" because they're "blocking the road up".

David tells Andrew his vehicles have been causing a nuisance for the street after stopping them in the middle of the road and blocking other people.

But the father-of-two tells the pair he has a plastic ankle and needs to park them there in order to take his shopping out to which they laugh before apologising moments later.

Andrew has since shared the clip of the incident publicly on his Facebook and in groups, calling on the 50,000 members to turn his adversaries into an internet meme which has seen people use the video to mock the pair mercilessly.

But when asked about this, he claims he did not do it to annoy them.

The disgruntled pair say Andrew's posts sum up his "juvenile behaviour".

Andrew, who says he "flips" cars and is paid to sell them for his friends, defended sharing the video as he says it left him in "fits of laughter" and claimed the couple hadn't requested its removal.

Amanda says it is the number of cars Andrew parks outside their courtyard for work as part of his collection that is the issue, more than the noise and "revving".

The couple were appalled that the row ensued despite Andrew thinking he might have covid - as Andrew even admits he was coughing while "five or six yards away" from the duo.

Amanda has since revealed footage of Andrew reversing one of his cars into her's and her neighbour's shared courtyard and leaving its loud engine running for around two minutes before moving it.

In the clip, she suggests calling 999 over it - but her husband says not to.

Andrew claims his turbo-charged BMW needs time to warm up before he can drive it, so he maintains he parked it there momentarily and "that it's the first time he's done it".

The dad-of-two says, because of Covid, he's been working from home cleaning cars so there have been more around his house than usual.

Andrew said: "I don't keep them all here. I've got one in the garage, two on the driveway, one parked out front then there's usually three others parked out on the street somewhere."

'I WANT HIM TO LEAVE US ALONE'

Amanda, who runs an arts and craft business, said: "My husband came out and he did lose it, I have to say, but he didn't swear, he wasn't abusive, he was just protecting me.

"That night he was parking across the courtyard so I went out to take photos for evidence to take to the police. He [Andrew] came out and started [arguing with us] and he coughed, saying he had Covid.

"We don't particularly use Facebook so we don't really care [about the viral video], but when he's named us, that's where I've got the issue. The fact he's done this just shows how juvenile he is.

"It varies between him having between five and 13 cars at his house but we live in a very small, isolated area. He'll back his car into our gateway and leave it running for three or four minutes before he goes off.

"We'll have trouble getting past and other neighbours will. Sometimes he leaves cars in the middle of the road.

"We don't really care what he does on his own property. I just want him to leave us alone.

"He's doing these things to try and antagonise us. We've asked him politely to move his cars and he won't.  We've reported it to the police because we're not prepared to put up with it."

However, the father claims David, Amanda and other neighbours simply don't like him because they're "not car people", and he's pleased the video has made people laugh since he posted it.

"They think I'm a child because I have lots of cars because I collect them and care for them. That's not the case. Some of these cars are bought as investments.

"I have apologised on numerous occasions for any inconvenience that my cars have caused to any of my neighbours, but I didn't think parking cars where there's space to park would cause them upset.

"When I first get up, I limp so I need the car to be near to me otherwise it causes a lot of distress. I don't have a walking stick, but I have a plastic ankle."

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “We can confirm we have received a report of an ongoing neighbourly dispute in Ashington and threatening behaviour by a known individual. Enquiries are ongoing to establish if any criminal offences have been committed.”

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