A bullying neighbour from hell faces jail for setting fire to a conifer tree in a communal garden and threatening to "slice up" residents.
Timothy Coldwell, 53, was caught on camera torching the 30ft tree, which belonged to the council, during a drunken fit of rage.
A court heard Coldwell also assaulted a police officer the next day and bullied neighbours in Solihull, West Mids.
Birmingham Mail reports he could face prison at sentencing next month.
Coldwell made the lives of residents on his estate a misery for some time, Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard.
His erratic behaviour escalated in June this year when he torched the conifer for no clear reason.
He threatened to "slice up" neighbours the next day.
Speaking after Coldwell had admitted arson and threatening/abusive/insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear, one neighbour said: "I was watching the football and saw him standing bare-chested by the tree in the corner of my eye so I started filming.
"Setting fire to that tree was a very dangerous thing to do as it is close to people’s flats."
The Solihull resident, who wished not to be named, added: "I am not surprised he did it as his behaviour is erratic. He has cut down shrubs before in the communal garden while ranting about Solihull Council.
"I just hope he doesn’t come back to live here following the conclusion of the court case. People round here have had enough."
Stephen Fisher, another resident, said: "We have been putting up with Mr Coldwell’s anti-social behaviour for years.
"This includes ripping out shrubs in the communal garden while shouting obscenities at the council and lying drunk in the middle of the road with cars driving around him.
"We are all relieved he has been convicted.
"Our biggest fear is that the council will allow Mr Coldwell back to his property after his sentence.
"Myself and other neighbours including an elderly couple won’t sleep easy in our beds at night if he is allowed to come back."
Solihull Council, controlled by the Tories, pushed for the charges after the tree was severely damaged.
A spokesman for the authority said: "Until the court makes its final decision we are unable to comment on the future living arrangements of this individual."
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