A MUM has been sent savage texts by her neighbours asking her to ban her kids from playing football in her own garden.
The woman took to Mumsnet to ask others for their opinions on the situation, as she explained: "My neighbours have sent me a couple of very unpleasant text messages telling me to stop my boys playing football in our garden as they don’t want to hear it."
She admitted she "doesn't know what to do" and the situation is making her feel "really anxious".
"They’ve never raised it as a concern before the messages, and the tone was intimidating," she continued.
"I replied to the first one suggesting we reach an agreement where we can all enjoy our gardens, and this was responded to by them telling, not asking, me to send them to the park down the road.
"Those were their words, telling not asking. They’re in their early 50s."
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The mum added that she's got two sons – aged 11 and 15 – and feels that she's something of an "easy target" because she's a single parent.
"Do I have any options other than moving house?!" she asked.
People in the comments section were quick to weigh in, and the response was extremely divided.
"Tell them to f**k off. If they want dead silence at the weekend, they can move to the countryside," one person wrote.
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"Live next door to somebody and you will hear them in their garden, that is part of normal life. Your children are doing nothing wrong."
While another added: "Your neighbours are being t**ts.
"I don't think it should matter how long they are out or if they make a noise, if you have neighbours you should expect noise. As long as it is not too early or too late then I think it is fine."
Someone else asked what exactly her sons are doing in the garden, writing: "What are they doing? Passing the ball, practising a few skills?
"Or repeatedly kicking/bouncing the ball on a hard surface making a constant thumping noise?
"There is a world of difference between quiet playing and making a racket, both of which they could be doing, and one of which is rude and unneighbourly, especially at an age where they could go to the park."
"They talked about the sound of the ball bouncing," the mum replied.
"The boys do make noise too to be fair, they’re calling to each other like you do when you play.
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"It was about 7pm on a Sunday when the message arrived. They’d been out there for half an hour. That was the only time that day they’d been outside. We’d been out all day.
"For context, they spend every other weekend at their dad's house and half the school holidays."
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