NEIGHBOURS living in a Wordsley street have welcomed the jail sentence handed to a man who carried out a campaign of unsociable behaviour making their lives a "nightmare."

Robin Davies was jailed for three years over disturbing behaviour which included running half-naked in public, peering through windows and lurking in gardens, shining torches into homes, causing criminal damage and exposing himself to neighbours.

The 46-year-old, who has autism, lived with his parents in Ingatestone Drive, and left many elderly neighbours scared to leave their homes.

Resident James Roberts said: "It's been a nightmare. My mum is 84 and she has been scared to go out.

"It's been going on for years and years. He's been exposing himself, peering through young women's windows, it's been very worrying.

"It's a good result. Some people have moved house to get away from what's been going on.

"Everyone's relieved."

The 58-year-old, who is a carer for his mum, said CCTV had been invaluable in capturing Davies' antics.

Davies was jailed at Wolverhampton Crown Court on June 6 after admitting 18 charges of breaching a restraining order.

One victim Terry Bayliss told the court he had suffered “intimidation and threats” and been assaulted.

He told the court during the last four-and-a-half years Davies had “continued to harass and intimidate the local community” causing a great deal of anxiety, with 300 incidents logged.

Davies, who has autism, was sentenced to three years in prison for each charge, to run concurrently, with half of the sentence to be served on licence and was handed an indefinite restraining order.

Mr Roberts said people are hoping the sentence will bring the end of their worrying ordeal.

He said: "If he comes out and starts doing it again he will get a longer sentence.

"People are happier now."