UK: Britain’s most nagged hubby has finally escaped and been dispatched to a safe house - to avoid more abuse from his tyrant missus.
Poor Norman Griffiths has put up with years of flak from wife-from-hell Julie, 43, who has been warned she faces jail - but still makes his life a constant misery.
The 63-year-old, who spent last Christmas Eve in hospital after a row, has now fled their terraced home in Fenton, Staffs, under police protection.
Locals revealed the henpecked toffee factory worker is living in a safe house after yet another violent bust-up left him a broken man.
Norman telephoned cops himself a week last Sunday, and was driven away in a patrol car to an undisclosed location - and peace and quiet.
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Neighbours said tempers had flared even further recently because the long-suffering partner had retired, and so was home more often and an even easier target.
The ‘Julie-effect’ is having an impact on nearby residents with next door neighbours on both sides leaving behind two empty properties as they are sick and tired of the noise.
One resident, who did not want to be named, fearing retribution, said: “It’s been hell on earth since they moved in a year ago. The arguing continues through the day and night.
“They both shout at one another and everyone in the street can hear them - but they don’t care.
"She hits Norman and I have called the police a couple of times in the last few months because she has been hitting him and I can hear her doing it.”
Julie and Norman have been married for 27 years. She does 12-hour night shifts in a clothes-packing factory.
Another neighbour said: “She still works nights and accuses Norman of being lazy and not pulling his weight around the house since he retired. They are constantly arguing about that and it is impossible not to hear them going on about it.”
One resident said: “Both immediate neighbouring homes are ‘To Let’, but who in their right mind would move in next to that noise?”
Julie was at home but when approached refused to answer the door. She shouted “go away” when asked if she had hit her husband.
She is subject to a five-year Anti-Social Behaviour Order imposed to try and shut her up.
Among her rants at Norman are rows over a bowl of cornflakes, trips to the newsagents to buy a lottery scratchcard and constant shouting, swearing and banging on the walls.
Staffordshire Police declined to comment.