Neighbours trigger Army veteran's PTSD with constant late-night noises

Nightmare neighbours plague army veteran, 72, triggering his PTSD by slamming doors at 1am and leaving their washing machine ‘banging against the wall’ in the middle of the night

  • Ian Thomson, 72, from Hull, has PTSD after serving some 22 years in the military 
  • His disorder is brought on by loud noises which resemble explosions or gunfire
  • Neighbours make loud noises into early hours and use washing machine at 3am 
  • Hull City Council has given Mr Thomson paper forms to keep notes of the noises 

An Army veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) says his illness is being triggered by ‘nightmare’ neighbours who ‘constantly’ make banging noises late at night – including using their loud washing machine at 3am.

Ian Thomson, 72, from Hull, said he ‘just wants a relaxing retirement’ after serving 22 years in the Army, but is regularly having sleepless nights as he lay waiting for the ‘banging to start’ from the council house next door.

But despite pleas to the Hull City Council, Mr Thomson says the issue has not been resolved.

He has instead been tasked with making notes of the noises on paper forms, which the council will later analyse before making a decision on what action to take. 

The pensioner says his PTSD is brought on by banging and loud noises which resemble the sound of explosions and gunfire.

Ian Thomson (pictured), 72, from Hull, said he is regularly having sleepless nights as he lay waiting for the ‘banging to start’ from the council house next door

A Hull City Council spokesperson said they were aware of the issues and were planning further visits to Mr Thomson’s neighbour. 

Mr Thomson said his current neighbours moved in next door after the house’s previous occupant, an 82-year-old woman who kept it ‘immaculate’, died.

The 72-year-old said: ‘There seems to have been lots of things going on between the two of them, maybe even some domestic issues. 

‘I think the man works in a takeaway, so he often comes in at about 1am and I can hear him slamming the doors.

‘He’s always banging about when he comes in and because I have PTSD it gets to me. 

‘One night I lost it and went round and asked him “what the hell do you think you’re doing?”

‘But it’s just kept going on. Sometimes I can hear their washing machine going at 3am as well and it bangs against the wall, it’s not on.’

The veteran added that their garden has become a dumping ground, as a photo shows a broken trampoline, two sofas and unkept weeds. 

He said: ‘There’s a big trampoline in the garden that’s been left to rot. There’s eight-foot-high weeds and it’s full of rubbish.

‘Last year they had a big barbecue and lots of kids round. 

‘I don’t have a problem with kids but they had this big paddling pool and when they emptied it it flooded my garage. I can’t go on like this. 

The veteran added that their garden has become a dumping ground as a photo shows a broken trampoline, two sofas and unkept weeds 

‘It’s got to the point now where I wake up in the middle of the night and I can’t get back to sleep because I’m waiting for the banging to start.

‘I spoke to a council housing officer on the phone and the lady listened and noted down what I said but it still hasn’t been sorted out. 

‘I don’t want to be living next door to a dump site and I did all my fighting in my army days. I just want a relaxing retirement.’

The council’s spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of the state of the neighbouring garden and the noise problem which has been affecting Mr Thomson.

‘We have been involved with the case since February and will be making further visits to the property next door.

‘Furthermore, we are encouraging Mr Thomson to complete the diary sheets left with him to record details of the noise incidents, and then the council’s ASB team can evaluate them and decide what action to take.’

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