A RETIRED pensioner has been honoured by the Government for talking a stand against vandals and yobs who were terrorising his neighbourhood.
Spring Hill hero Ken Kenyon, 72, was recognised for his commitment and bravery in tackling neighbours from hell who made his family's lives a misery.
By helping police he ensured six unruly neighbours were sent to prison and others slapped with Anti-Social Behaviour Orders.
He was one of 60 winners of Tony Blair's new Respect awards and was presented with a plaque and a cheque for £1,000 from Home Office Minister Hazel Blears.
Ken said he and his wife Sheila,70, had been targets for verbal abuse and threats of violence and had spent years living on the edge.
The couple, who have lived at their home in George Street for 20 years, have had fireworks thrown in their face and people urinating outside their house. Their car has also been vandalised.
Ken said: "We have had neighbours from hell living on our road and my wife has suffered with all the stress and anxiety. We were threatened at 3.30am one night and I also watched a car drive deliberately into my car, causing £700 damage.
"We bought this house and we've spent so much time and money on it, so why should we have to move? We had to stand up to them, we weren't going to run away. I just didn't worry. Whenever anything happened we would call the police and they helped us to sort it out."
The couple, who are soon to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary, installed security cameras at their home to provide evidence for police and help them identify the troublemakers.
Ken added: "I've not actually had to go to court but I always said that I would do. I would urge anyone having similar problems to do what I've done and put up cameras. They're not expensive and produce evidence which the police can use."
Ken was nominated for the award by his Community Beat Manager, Mick Walsh, and PCSO Wayne Smith who have worked with him closely over recent months.
PCSO Smith said: "Ken stood up and took a stand. He and his wife have suffered every aspect of anti-social behaviour. Yet he provided us with regular updates and the area has now seen a big decline in problems.
"He has been a great help and it just shows that if residents stand up and be counted we can and will get results."
Ken is donating the £1,000 prize money to the Spring Hill Network Residents' Association so it can purchase CCTV cameras to be used to spot criminal damage.