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Man who wielded spade at neighbour in threats over noise says they’re now ‘best friends’ | UK | News

Man who wielded spade at neighbour in threats over noise says they’re now ‘best friends’ | UK | News

A man is now “on best friend terms” with a neighbour he threatened with a spade after becoming agitated over noise.  Leeds Crown Court heard Michael Birch, 58, wielded the gardening implement after becoming angry about sounds he felt were coming from his neighbours in the Chapel Allerton area of Leeds, West Yorks.  On Thursday Robert Galley, for the prosecution, told the court Birch had “made calls or shouted abuse” during a string of incidents between August and September 2022. The Yorkshire Post reports Birch wrote messages saying he would “stab the lot” and that he was “going to go down there and break some legs”.  According to the publication on one occasion Birch was “alleged to have waved a spade” around at the neighbours he believed were the source of his irritation.  The court heard Birch also became aggressive towards a police call handler when he was told noise complaints were not something the force could deal with.  Defending Ryan Wilson said Birch “fully accepts his actions and behaviours” and that they stemmed from “stress that …