A grandmother in England named Margaret Perry, admitted “hydrangea rage” after a foul-mouthed outburst against her neighbours, a court heard.

The 87 year-old shouted obscenities during a 20 minute row as they trimmed her “pride and joy”, magistrates were told.

In what described as a “hydrangea rage” incident, the retired council worker launched the tirade against Brian Kelly who had taken to her prize flower.

During her outburst, she branded him a “menace” and screamed “b—- up your a—” as she threatened to cut his internet cable, which had been confused for a water pipe.

The OAP also told Mr Kelly and his wife Marion, who are Irish, to “go back where they came from” during the tirade in August last year.

Mr Kelly claimed he was just trimming the plant because it had grown into his garden and was blocking sunlight from his tomatoes.

On Thursday, the pensioner, of Cheam, Sutton, pleaded guilty to harassment when she appeared at Croydon magistrates’ court.

The court heard how the former Greater London Council employee was slapped with a restraining order in April last year to curb her anti-social behaviour.

Despite denying shouting abuse at her neighbour, she admitted asking him what he was doing to her hydrangea, which breached the order.

The chairman of the bench Maureen Pool told the grandmother that her age was no excuse for such angry behaviour. She admitted being in breach of an earlier restraining order imposed in April 2011 to curb her anti-social behaviour.

The court heard that Perry had previously stolen pot plants and told her Irish neighbours to go back to where they came from. She had also thrown water over a visiting workman before chasing him with a broom.

During the hearing, Mrs Pool was forced to tell Perry to keep quiet after repeated outbursts.

Perry, clearly distressed, pleaded with the bench: “What am I supposed to do? He cut my flowers.”

After it was explained to her that she could not speak to her neighbours, she questioned the bench: “I mustn’t say a word and they can do what they want?”

Mrs Pool told Perry: “You cannot go around breaking the law, even if you are 87. Your neighbours have the right to live in peace and tranquillity. This must stop. Get on with your own life and let them got on with theirs.”

Perry is understood to have lived at the address for 40 years following a divorce from her husband. She will be sentenced next month.

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