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Heavily Tattooed Couple Say They're Being Targeted By Neighbours Over Appearance

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Heavily Tattooed Couple Say They're Being Targeted By Neighbours Over Appearance

A heavily tattooed couple say they are being targeted because of their appearance and beliefs, claiming they have 'neighbours from hell'.

Annie and husband Paul Riggs, aged 52 and 49 respectively, say life in Chatham, Kent, is 'living hell' as they are made to feel unwelcome by locals.

The couple - who own a tattoo parlour - say they have even awoken to find 'Get out' graffitied on their wall and were also sent a letter suggesting they move out.

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Despite living in the house since 2004, Annie says the abuse has been ongoing for years - saying they are being targeted because of their tattoos, piercings and beliefs, and have now had to go to the police.

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.

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"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.

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"I think they are jealous because we can be who we want to be."

Annie Riggs. Credit: Caters
Annie Riggs. Credit: Caters

Annie and Paul say their garden is being treated like an ashtray, have previously rushed their dog to the vets to have his stomach pumped after eating cigarette tips, in turn costing them £500 ($697).

Paul said: "We don't experience hatred or discrimination anywhere else - just on our street.

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"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.

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Paul Riggs. Credit: Caters
Paul Riggs. Credit: Caters

"But that's none of their business.

"We want an easy life and to be left alone."

Paul - whose body is 95 percent covered in tattoos - claims the 'intimidating' anti-social behaviour is scaring his 12-year-old son Scott, and has to barricade their front door.

He added: "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."

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Annie and Paul have 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.

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Topics: Tattoos, UK News, News

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