Rollo some of what you describe could be illegal (eg driving his car over the bush used by the tits, if that took place in the nesting season). What I would do is call the RSPB and discuss the concerns with them. They have a smashing team and they do take action when appropriate. They maybe willing to come out and have a friendly chat with 'Richard' - or they may explain how you can collect evidence to prosecute. Have you and the other neighbours explained your concerns about 'Richard' to the police (I mean independently, not in a confrontation situation)?
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Hi Rollo, sorry about the horrible time you are having. Here's what I would recommend.
1. If you are not already doing so, keep a diary of incidents. This isn't going to get cured overnight and a diary of what has been going on is strong evidence. Get others to do the same. Records, dates, times, what happened and police reference numbers.
2. Ask to meet with the police and see if they will issue and anti-social behaviour order on him. Also show concern for the individual and ask if they can refer him to another agency to get help. His behaviour suggests that he needs support. Take along the evidence, including crime report numbers. It is possible that the police do not know that this person is causing so many problems for the community. Police turning up at a crime scene may not have the time or the resources to deal with the long-term issue and there may not be continuity between officers dealing with the incidents.
3. If he has destroyed nests, do speak to the RSPB as suggested.4. If he is a council tenant or in rented accommodation, speak to the landlord.5. If he is being abusive to you and your neighbours, get together and ask a solicitor to get a restraining order put on him. A local solicitor will be best and the shared cost between several of you will mean you don't all have to carry the burden. If one of you is in a Union it is possible that they may have legal support. (Other organisations offer this too.)6. Write to your MP or speak to them at a community surgery. They can help to put pressure on public bodies to act.7. Don't do all this on your own. Organise it and get together with the others who are suffering. Ideally, there should be some sort of mediation and help for the perpetrator so they change their behaviour. The person doing this probably needs kindness and care but our system isn't set up to help people, just to further marginalise them.
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