Forced out of home, claim family

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A FAMILY claim they have been forced out of their Motherwell home after a campaign of lies spun by vindictive neighbours.

Michael Brown and his son Derek spoke out after they were cleared of threatening their next door neighbours with an axe and a baseball bat.

A sceptical sheriff threw out the charge, saying she didn’t believe a word the witnesses had said.

The Browns were said to have brandished weapons during a showdown with a man accused of painting sectarian graffiti on the garage outside their home in Braidhurst Street in March last year.

During the trial Michael Brown (62) revealed he, his wife and son Derek were forced to leave Braidhurst Street after nearly 40 years because of a campaign of hate against them.

After the not guilty verdicts Derek Brown said: “We’ve had to move because of the false allegations. I was brought up in that house and all my friends are in the area, but I can’t go back.”

Sheriff Marie Smart said: “I didn’t find any of the Crown witnesses credible or reliable and I don’t believe anything they said about the Browns.”

Full story in this week’s Motherwell Times and Bellshill Speaker, out on Wednesday.