Neighbour threatened to poison woman's dog and sprayed man with hose

Neighbour from hell ‘Dave the drain’ is banned from talking to cul-de-sac residents after threatening to poison elderly woman’s dog, spraying man with hosepipe and intimidating family with fog horn and powerful torch

  • David Wignall threatened to poison an elderly woman’s dog, a court heard
  • He also sprayed a neighbour with a hosepipe and intimidated a local family
  • Wignall, dubbed ‘Dave the Drain’, is banned from talking to Denton residents 

A nightmare neighbour threatened to poison an elderly woman’s dog, sprayed a man with a hosepipe and intimidated a family with a fog horn and a powerful torch.

David Wignall, nicknamed ‘Dave the Drain’ because he runs a business unblocking drains, has avoided jail but is banned from talking to his petrified neighbours in genteel cul-de-sac Denton, Greater Manchester.

Manchester Crown Court heard that Wignall told a pensioner to ‘just f***ing die you old b*****d’ and threatened to poison her dog because it kept barking loudly.

The 52-year-old also banged wheelie bins against other people’s cars if they were parked next to his driveway, and threatened to burn down his neighbours’ house during a terrifying campaign of harassment.

Jurors were told he turned his hosepipe on locals when they stood up to him, and threatened to give them a ‘good hiding’ after they told him to ‘grow up’. 

Wignall even harassed a mother with a foghorn while he shined a torchlight into her and her twins’ eyes. He also labelled a woman a prostitute and falsely accused her partner of being a paedophile.  

David Wignall pictured outside Manchester Crown Court as he is banned from talking to neighbours in Denton, Greater Manchester following spats

Manchester Crown Court heard that Wignall told a pensioner to ‘just f***ing die you old b*****d’ and threatened to poison her dog because it kept barking loudly

The spats forced the distressed pensioner to install CCTV cameras, while another family moved to a smaller property to get away from him.

At Manchester Crown Court, 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. 

‘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.

The 52-year-old also banged wheelie bins against other people’s cars if they were parked next to his driveway, and threatened to burn down his neighbours’ house during a terrifying campaign of harassment. Pictured with Coronation Street star Jenni McAlpine

Jurors were told he turned his hosepipe on locals when they stood up to him, and threatened to give them a ‘good hiding’ after they told him to ‘grow up’. Pictured with singer Sir Tom Jones

‘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.’

In a statement, one neighbour who suffers from 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.’

Another neighbour 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.

Another 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 had previously been made subject to 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

Wignall even harassed a mother with a foghorn while he shined a torchlight into her eyes

The court heard Wignall had previously been made subject to 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.

Wignall’s pensioner neighbour was targeted between July 2017 and September 2018 following a feud over her pet dog, jurors were told.

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

‘She told him other neighbours never complained but he threatened to punch her shouting: ‘You’re a f***ing old b*****d – why don’t you just f***ing die. You’re a s*****c and your sons are weirdos. I’ll have ’em.’

The pensioner was said to be ‘shaking with fear and distress’ and struggled to breathe due to her COPD.

She then phoned her husband, who tried to speak to Wignall 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. 

In a subsequent incident, Wignall deliberately sprayed his car with water while washing his car – then when confronted turned the hosepipe on him instead.

The court also heard he also drove his car deliberately at the pensioner before shouting: ‘Have you shut that f***ing dog up yet?’ 

Later, when he saw her son had come to check on her wellbeing, he fired: ‘F***ng fairy – look at the f***ing state of you – get a haircut you f***ing f****t.’   

Wignall was quizzed in December 2018 but 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.’  

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