A neighbour from hell nicknamed 'Dave the Drain' waged a campaign of harassment that included threatening to poison a woman's dog, a court heard.

David Wignall, 52, was given a suspended prison sentence despite a targeted hate campaign, which on one occasion saw him shouting at an elderly man "just f***ing die you old b*****d".

Another householder was hounded because he left his company car next to Wignall's driveway in Denton, Manchester, whilst other residents had their vehicles deliberately rammed with wheelie bins because of where they were parked.

When locals stood up their tormentor, Wignall who runs a business unblocking drains, turned his hosepipe on one of them leaving him drenched.

When it was suggested he ''grow up'' he replied: ''I don't like you - I'll give you a good hiding.''

Wignall leaving court
He admitted harassment at Minshull Street Crown Court

Mum-of-two Terry Wallace recollected how she was watching TV with her sons when Wignall kept shining a powerful torchlight through her windows, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

He also labelled her a ''prostitute" and falsely accused her partner Wayne Cooper of being a paedophile.

In a statement company director's wife Christine Capper, 67, who suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), arthritis and fibromylagia said: ''I no longer go out of the house when I know Mr Wignall is out in front.

''I feel intimidated and threatened just by his presence. His harassment and abuse has simply worn me down.”

Wignall with a thumbs up
Wignall was nicknamed 'Dave the Drain'

While Mr Cooper said: ''Mr Wignall's campaign of harassment has turned my family life upside down and we ended up moving house.

"The house we have moved into is much smaller and it has a small garden - but we want to move house again to be even further away from where we used to live.

"My son still remembers what went on."

His partner Ms Wallace, said: ''Everything has changed since he started harassing us.

"I was forever looking over my shoulder and tried to stay at home. I was always nervously checking the blinds and looking across the street."

Wignall
In one incident he called a mum-of-two a 'prostitute'

Wignall admitted harassment and was sentenced to five months imprisonment, suspended for two years and was ordered to complete 150 hours unpaid work.

He was also banned from contacting two sets of neighbours indefinitely under the terms of a restraining order.

Sentencing Judge Mark Savill told him: ''In my judgement you are the very definition of the anti-social neighbour.

"It is not entirely clear to me what’s behind it, but certainly there is a significant degree of intolerance, impatience and aggression on your part.

“There have been a number of allegations and objections about your behaviour and people have had their lives ruined.

Wignall
The defendant also told an elderly neighbour to 'just die'

"We all need to live in a society together, particularly in these troubling times and there is no excuse whatsoever for your quite disgraceful behaviour.

''If there had been violence, you would be sent to custody but as it stands, these people were subject to vile language, threats and anti-social behaviour of a most insidious kind.''

The court heard Wignall had previously been made subject of a Civil Injunction due to his behaviour towards his neighbours dating back to 2013 but after it expired in 2015 he began turning on them again.

Mrs Capper was targeted by Wignall between July 2017 and September 2018 following a feud over her pet dog.

Rachel Widdicombe prosecuting said: ''She had been shopping and as she arrived home she saw Wignall in front of his house washing his car.

Wignall
The sentencing judge said the 52-year-old 'ruined' his neighbours' lives

"He shouted at her: ''are you going to keep that f***ing dog quiet?''

''Mrs Capper replied: 'what's your problem with my dog - she's only barked a couple of times.'

"But the defendant continued to rant at her and was screaming and shouting and saying he would kill her dog.

Mrs Capper, who was left struggling to breathe due to her COPD, phoned husband Harry, 68, and he later tried to speak to Wigall about his behaviour.

But the two men traded insults and began scuffling in the street with Wignall calling him a ''paedo'' before storming back inside his house.

Wignall was quizzed in relation to the Cooper allegations in December 2018, but he denied making any threats or shining lights into people's homes.

His lawyer Jon Close said in mitigation: ''There has been no further offending since.''