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Hammersmith, London: White single-mum complains of Muslim no go area after being persecuted because she sang Christian worship songs with daughters

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Liane and Hannah Chowdhry serving food at BACA homeless feeding centre

A Christian woman who is also a Conservative candidate for the council ward of Shepherds Bush Green has complained that she is being targeted by Muslims for her Christian faith. 

Liane Pibworth believes that a series of threats and attacks on her and her daughter are a direct result of the offence caused by her singing of Christian worship songs with her two young daughters. A concern that she says was raised by officers from Peabody Trust and Old Oak Housing Association, who are responsible for her housing.

During her residency at a housing association accommodation over the last two years she states that she has experienced a number of aggressive threats, some of which include the following separate incidents:

Being spat at multiple times
Rammed into with a trolley and also on separate occasions her dog was rammed into with trolley
Front door slashed
Her house was broken into and faeces was smeared under her bed and human faeces has been found before her door
Threatened by a Muslim gang member in a corner shop who said he would 'crack a jar over your head!'
Death threats received multiple times (one recorded)
Having liquid thrown over her and her daughters while relaxing in the garden
Her teenage daughter was frequently mobbed, threatened, abused verbally and blocked from entering her home and sustained injuries on several occasions
Her teenage daughter has been stalked and bullied Utterances of Islamic prayers outside her door
Vandalism of her CCTV to the point of non-functioning
Large flytip and rubbish left right outside her door and blocking her access ways

Liane complained about her concerns to the local police, social services and to Peabody Housing Trust via Old Oak Housing Association but says that they turned her complaints into allegations against her. She has been accused of Islamophobia and of hate crimes and accused of harassment for lodging complaints against local Muslim neighbours.

Liane obtained a Subject Access report from Hammersmith and Fulham's Children's services which revealed attempts by local Muslims to label her as a 'demented Christian'. The caller alleged that Liane has thrown faeces and knives at her and is preaching against Islam door to door. Liane states that the caller falsely alleges that she has received a cease and desist order from local police who have visited her. We have asked the council if they investigated this allegation fully and if they have asked the local police team to confirm whether such cease and desist orders have been placed against Liane and await a response. What is most alarming about this matter is that a good proportion of the calls made to local police were made by Liane's daughter who would have been 14 - 16 at the time and her need for protection seems to have been completely overlooked.

It should be noted this complaint against Liane was lodged in October this year a good two and a half years after Liane had been raising complaints with the, housing association, police, social services, local Anti-social Behaviour Team and other council departments and for all intents and purposes seems to be retaliatory. In a recent meeting with Peabody Trust Liane was told that local neighbours are offended by her Christian singing she states that she has a witness who was in attendance who can verify this allegation, she has also advised BACA that a Catholic neighbour had informed her of the offence her Christian singing had caused the local Muslim families previously.

Because of allegations of racism and Islamophobia that have been laid against her Liane felt compelled to share details of one of her closest friends. BACA has viewed a letter confirming the friendship in which Idil Hassan confirms the help and encouragement that Liane gave to her. Idil Hassan has now joined the UK armed forces and continues to maintain her friendship with Liane - we share her email with her permission.

She wrote:

Hello my name is Idil Hassan and I'm 20 years old. I know Liane and [her eldest daughter] because we lived at this hostel together and it was not a great place to stay and they've been very nice to me and my family they welcomed us and even helped us out when we needed it no matter what skin colour or religion we were. Me and my family are Muslim and they saw us as part of they family and something we would not have some food to eat and they would come down and give us food. Liane helped me out so much because i was at a good place at the time I was not at education and was trying to find work and she supported me. And we're still very close friend and try to see each other as much as possible. I'm currently in the British Army regular at [redacted].

Yours Sincerely

Idil Hassan

Even more compelling is the evidence provided by an international human rights campaigner, who attended as a witness for Liane at meetings with Children's Services. He wrote:

"What I recollect from the visits of the social workers from children's services to Liane Pibworth at her home are as follows:

"a) The social workers mentioned that the complainants had alleged that Ms. Pibworth had preached Christianity in public and had been Anti-Islamic.

"I found this astonishing since Liane Pibworth had done no such thing and since it is not illegal anyway, to preach Christianity in public.

"I had the strong impression that the complainants were trying to stir up Anti-Christian hatred against Ms. Pibworth and divert attention away from their gross misconduct by "playing the religion card".

"b) The social workers mentioned certain allegations that had been made that Ms. Pibworth was not caring properly for her children.

"The social workers did not have any persuasive evidence at all, to support any of the allegations against Ms. Pibworth, but were looking into the matter.

"My understanding is that such allegations are completely baseless and do not have a shred of hard evidence to support them.

"These allegations have been made as part of a malicious attack by some of Ms. Pibworth's neighbours against her.

"I believe that this has also been done by the complainants in order to deflect attention away from their own actual neglect of their children and

their actual failure to properly care for them.

"In my view all these false accusations have been part of a vicious and long-running campaign of harassment and intimidation by some of Liane Pibworth's neighbours against her and it is a great pity that Hammersmith children's services has been manipulated and had its very limited time wasted by such a malicious agenda.

"But I think that this also proves what great lengths some of Liane Pibworth's neighbours will go to in order to maliciously attack and undermine her."

Liane was forced to give her dog away to a friend after it was rammed into by a trolley and she began to suspect it was poisoned.

But it's not just Children Services that have overlooked Liane's claims of persecution. In an email to the local Met Police and officer from Peabody Trust poured scorn on Liane's complaints about the constant blocking of her communal doorway by items placed there by her neighbour. The officer in her email to the police which was copied to Liane, said:

"...I have spoken to the tenant at [redacted] regarding the storage of items in the porch or front garden areas, which she has agreed not to do. The tenant at [redacted] is often donated items by neighbours / friends which she sends to her family in Sierra Leone who are struggling as a result of the civil unrest and..."

The tone of the email suggests Liane is the problem and because of her alleged charitable deed the neighbour had some form of right approved by none other than the housing association, to block and keep items of any size and condition within an area that is communal. This despite the obvious grievance it caused Liane and her daughters, the potential safety risk and considerable risk of pest contamination.

Liane believes her facebook has been hacked and that she is being stalked as a consequence of her reports to the housing association and now she is desperate to be moved away from the nightmare location as her 'quality of life is at it's lowest ebb'.

In one of the incidents of harassment of the family they had a clear liquid thrown over them because they were playing Christian worship songs while resting in their garden. Liane is not sure what the liquid was but it had no odour or colour and she hopes it was just water, either way it was for the family a disturbing ordeal.

Liane has been opening her small home to visiting evangelists form a number of US ministries. On their return to her home often the visiting teams have experienced first-hand the deliberate attempts to cause Liane discomfort and fear. Despite their compelling evidence of the intimidation that Liane has had to suffer, Peabody Trust, and several council departments have failed to provide safety and security to her family. Moreover Liane states that the Housing Association have threatened to evict Liane from her home if she does not remove the CCTV camera from her communal porch area, despite evidence from footage having secured the conviction of one aggressor. She say's that Peabody Trust know full well that her camera no longer works as it has been irreversibly damaged by her neighbours. Moreover a neighbour has a RING doorbell CCTV system which can equally have the potential for voyeurism.

Liane states that the strain of all the persecution has forced her 16 year disabled daughter to leave the family home and she is now staying with friends in a place she can now convalesce and is now attending a local college. Liane has said this is not an ideal situation but one her family has been forced into due to the lack of support from statutory agencies and the inability of them to secure a favourable move away from her nightmare scenario.

BACA have put her in touch with the Pastor through whom they assisted the relocation of Nissar Hussain and are hoping that a long term relocation will be available to the family soon. In the meanwhile BACA is writing to; Hammersmith and Fulham Council, the local police team, Peabody Trust and Old Oak Housing Association to enquire into the lack of support and help Liane has received. As a Pakistani group we are convinced Liane is not a racist and seek clarification into why such allegations have been laid against Liane.

We as a group will be praying for Leanne and want to offer her further help. Liane is seeking a move away from her current residence and has even informed Hammersmith and Fulham that she would be willing to move away from London in her desperate attempts to get away. So far the council have offered no help with a move, quire conversely the Peabody Trust have informed her they will not be renewing her housing contract when it expires in three years.

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