Two married tattoo artists declare to be the victims of a two-year hate marketing campaign due to their full-body artwork.
Paul and Annie Riggs declare their automotive tyres have been let down, graffiti saying ‘Get Out’ was spray-painted on their entrance wall and that they have been even despatched a threatening letter demanding they depart.
The couple declare the difficulty began two years in the past with vehicles blocking their car and their tyres being deflated not less than 10 occasions.
They imagine they’re being focused by a small variety of individuals in Chatham, Kent, due to their look.
Married tattoo artists Paul and Annie Riggs (pictured) declare to be the victims of a two-year hate marketing campaign orchestrated by their neighbours due to their full-body artwork
Paul, 49, stated he and his companion of seven years, Annie, are inked ‘head-to-toe’ which appears to have offended some within the space.
Italian-born Annie can be a pagan and practises a type of ‘witchcraft’ in addition to being a member of Euro punk band Antonella Klasse Kriminale.
The couple, who first moved into the property in 2006 and personal Kult Klassic Tattoo Studio are determined for the marketing campaign to finish.
Mr Riggs stated: ‘From there it is actually escalated. I’ve had individuals shouting on the street at 3am ‘I’ll drive you out’ and calling me ‘baldy’. It is a hate marketing campaign.’
The couple declare their automotive tyres have been let down, graffiti saying ‘Get Out’ was spray-painted on their entrance wall and that they have been even despatched a threatening letter demanding they depart
He added they’re simply hard-working individuals making an attempt to get on with their lives, citing their 12-year-old son, who has additionally suffered in the course of the hate marketing campaign as he has from Crohn’s illness.
The couple are actually torn abut what to do subsequent – Paul suggesting the household might depart whereas Annie needs to defy the bullies and struggle to remain within the house they’ve constructed for 15 years.
Their tattoo studio Kult Klassic Tattoo Studio isn’t any stranger to well-known faces, with guests together with David Labrava from the TV sequence Sons of Anarchy.
Some 15 years in the past, Paul additionally labored on the late singer Amy Winehouse, however in a distinct enterprise.
One of many claims made by the couple is that locals spray-painted the phrases ‘get out!’ on the entrance wall of their property
The couple additionally declare that they acquired a letter via their door telling them to ‘begin on the lookout for some place else to dwell’
In addition to her tattooing and punk music – which is influenced by The Conflict and Sham 69 – Annie can be a pagan.
In her bed room, she has an altar with candles and statues the place she worships the Mexican saint of dying.
Though she can be a psychic tarot card reader, she didn’t see the difficulty coming as a result of she will be able to solely ‘learn’ different individuals.
The 52-year-old added: ‘I can not do myself, however I do numerous readings for individuals from throughout, like America.
The couple declare the difficulty began two years in the past with vehicles blocking their car and their tyres being deflated not less than 10 occasions
‘I can sense issues in different individuals. To get their family members coming via could be very rewarding.’
Rising up in northern Italy, Annie stated her mom and aunt have been psychics – a present she says she has inherited.
Paul stated Kent Police have been very sympathetic to their plight, nevertheless it’s arduous for them ‘with out catching individuals within the act’.
Final week’s letter, which stated they need to depart ‘for their very own good’, has actually affected their son.
Paul stated that he has been compelled to put in a barricade at his entrance door to assist consolation his son that intruders wouldn’t break into their house
‘He was very upset with it and seeing the graffiti’, Paul added.
To attempt to make the teen really feel higher, he has strategically positioned objects equivalent to watering cans across the property within the hope a would-be intruder would knock them over and alert the household to their presence.
Paul stated: ‘The place will it finish? We simply need to get on with our lives.’
James Walker, a spokesman for Kent Police confirmed officers have been trying into the latest incidents.
The couple are actually torn abut what to do subsequent – Paul suggesting the household might depart whereas Annie needs to defy the bullies and struggle to remain within the house they’ve constructed for 15 years
He stated: ‘We’re investigating a report legal injury was prompted to a property at round 3.10pm on Tuesday.
‘A threatening letter can be reported to have been despatched to the identical handle. Inquiries stay ongoing and anybody with data can contact police.’
Anybody with details about this incident can contact police on 01634 792209, quoting 46/66202/21.