A couple who became fed up when police failed to take action against their ‘neighbour from hell’ turned detective to discover he is a suspected international drug dealer who is wanted by Interpol.
Matthew Solly, 26, and his partner – who does not wish to be named – said their lives have been made a constant misery by Ivor Fletcher, 53, who lives below them in Northfield, Birmingham.
The pair claim they have been subjected to terrifying death threats, acts of vandalism and have been kept up all night by his noise but say police have only ever issued Fletcher with a warning.
Fed up of the lack of police action, the couple decided to take matters into their own hands and Googled their neighbour’s background – only to discover he is wanted for alleged drugs offences.
They discovered he is wanted by Interpol in India for the possession of 10kg of cannabis.
However, despite Mr Solly providing West Midlands Police with the information three weeks ago, Fletcher has still not been arrested.
Mr Solly, a full-time carer, said: ‘It’s got beyond a joke now.
‘We moved into the council property above him in February last year and he was really nice and friendly at the start. But then a couple of weeks before Christmas he started being funny.
‘He started banging on our ceiling so the walls were shaking. Then he smashed our fence down and started threatening me when I was outside.
‘One morning he got up first thing in the morning and started going up and down the drive again and again to wake us up. He makes life hell here.
‘I called the police out, but they would just come and give him a warning and then leave.
‘I called the council, but they’ve done nothing about him. I’ve even spoken to my MP, but I don’t know if he’s actually been in touch with the police.’
Mr Solly said he and his partner decided to investigate Fletcher themselves and looked him up online.
He explained: ‘I just typed his name into Google and one of the first things that came up was that he was wanted by Interpol. I couldn’t believe it.
‘I went to the police straight away, and they just said they weren’t aware because it wasn’t on their system. They seemed a bit concerned that it wasn’t on there, but didn’t do anything.
‘I rang back and they just said they could confirm he was wanted by Interpol.
‘They claim because it’s Interpol they are powerless to do anything about it.’
The couple are now planning to move out because they are so fed up with the ‘nuisance’ neighbour.
Mr Solly said: ‘I have had to get sleeping tablets from the doctors.
‘We’re having to move out in a month, we’ve had enough. But the council have said they’re putting it up for sale when we move out.
‘They’re aware what a problem he is, that he’s wanted by Interpol, but they’re still going to put it up for others to move into.
‘Interpol want him for alleged possession of 10kg of cannabis and the council haven’t done anything.’
West Midlands Police confirmed it is ‘fully aware’ of the matter, and added that the force is ‘working within the national protocols to liaise with the Indian authorities in connection with the case’.
A spokesman added: ‘Given the complexities of these arrangements this can take some time.’
Interpol confirmed there is a valid public ‘Red Notice’ in place for Fletcher, meaning he is wanted internationally.