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HICKEY'S FEUD WITH MR LARGE.

Byline: TONY LARNER Chief Reporter

ONE of the Bridgewater Four has launched a new battle to clear his name - after being charged with assaulting a 'noisy' neighbour.

Vincent Hickey, 46, has been accused of punching Christopher Large in a 4am bust-up outside their homes in Cannock, Staffordshire.

But Hickey, one of four men wrongly convicted of killing paperboy Carl Bridgewater, has denied the offence.

In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Mercury, he claimed that Mr Large and his housemate were neighbours from hell - who had been scaring his young daughter with their loud music.

Now the feuding pair could square up again if a trial date is set by Cannock magistrates at Hickey's second court appearance on Thursday.

Staffordshire paperboy Carl, 13, was shot dead at Yew Tree Farm in Wordsley, Stourbridge, in 1978.

Vincent Hickey, his cousin Michael Hickey and Jimmy Robinson were jailed for his murder in 1979 and a fourth man, Patrick Molloy, was found guilty of manslaughter.

The four verdicts were quashed by the Court of Appeal in 1997 after it was revealed that Molloy, who died in jail in 1981, had been tricked by police into signing a false confession.

The men are still awaiting a full compensation settlement from the Home Office.

After being freed, Vincent Hickey moved in with girlfriend Lee Hendon in Cannock and the couple now have a two-year-old daughter.

But Hickey claims that his dreams of enjoying a quiet life were shattered six months ago when Mr Large and another man moved in next door.

Neighbours

'We have lived in the street for a few years and all the neighbours get on great together,' he said.

'But these two men would arrive home from a night out at 4am and turn their music on full blast.

'My two-year-old daughter would be asleep and the noise would wake and scare her.

'I have been around their house a few times to ask them politely to keep the noise down, but they ignored me.

'On May 16 they both came in again and the music started blasting. I went round and one of them came out of the house and seemed very drunk.

'We had an argument but that was it - I never threw a punch.

'I have pleaded not guilty to the charge. Hopefully, it will be dropped when I appear in court again on Thursday.

'All I want is peace and quiet for my daughter. Whatever else they get up to in the privacy of their own home is up to them.'

The Sunday Mercury called at Mr Large's house but a man who answered the door refused to speak to us.

'No comment,' he said.

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NOISE DISPUTE... The houses belonging to Vincent Hickey and Christopher Large and (right) Hickey at his appeal
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Date:Jun 10, 2001
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