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May I ask you ideal outcome goal in this respect please - i.e. is to prevent the neighbour parking in front of your drive and attempt to restrain his behaviour?
Ideally, I would like to restrain his behaviour.
Thanks. The first thing to say is that it is an offence under the Road Traffic Act to park so that any part of your car overhangs a dropped kerb - this includes the connecting angled kerb. If the neighbour does so police have powers to two away his car and a report to the police can be made at any time that he does so. In addition if the neighbour engages in behaviour that he knows or ought to know causes you distress then this can also amount to a criminal offence under the Protection Against Harrassment Act.
In terms of the slander claims. If a person says something that is untrue and that statement damages your reputation then you can contemplate a defamation action. However you need to be able to a) prove what was said which can be challenging for slander as it can be denied or twisted by the defendant though from what you say you have witnesses b) prove it is untrue - here this should not be overly difficult though the allegation relates to private matters and would rely on the tenants providing a statement to this effect and c) that it has caused you financial loss - this would usually relate to a damage of reputation leading to some form of financial loss.
Could my neighbour be made aware that his actions and accusations are breaking the law by means of a letter from a solicitor?
In addition to this defamation claims are expensive to pursue and can cost many thousands of pounds if the other party defends them so they are frequently not a realistic option for individuals to pursue unless you have deep pockets. Here notwithstanding the issue of proof of the statement and proof that it is untrue which you may well be able to satisfy from what you say there is the question of what financial loss you can point to in order to claim from him. If you could point to a financial loss of some kind due to reputational damage and you have sufficient resources to contemplate a defamation claim then you may consider it however the nature of the statement, whilst hurtful, does not immediately strike me as one that is likely to give rise to an obvious claim for damages however you may consdider you can show otherwise.
You could consider a cease and desist letter or ask a solicitor to prepare one for you requiring the neighbour to cease and desist defamatory statements and warn him of a threat of litigation if he does not do so.
Such letters can sometimes be effective in themselves in scaring people off such continuing behaviour.
There has not been any financial loss, only emotional damage! And I am not interested in pursuing the issue in the courts at this stage.......your last paragraph has basically answered my question regarding a letter.
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Will do.....thanks very much.