NEIGHBOURS terrorised by a violent family celebrated the return of peace to their street with a charity fair.
Householders in Van Gogh Close, Isleworth, lived for many months in fear of the Subhani family until they were eventually evicted in March last year.
About 60 people from the close and surrounding roads united for a fair at Isleworth Working Men's Club, in St John's Road, in aid of the NSPCC on Saturday (29).
Revellers enjoyed fairground rides, a martial arts demonstration and much more during the afternoon, with an estimated £300 raised for the children's charity.
Deborah Collins, who lives in the close and helped organise the fair, said it was nice to see people get together for a happier occasion.
"After all the trouble we had people were afraid to leave their homes and we lost the sense of community," said the 52-year-old. "But it was nice to see so many people get together on such a lovely day for a very good cause."
The NSPCC is a charity close to Ms Collins' heart. She became an orphan aged 14 and slept rough as a teenager.
Although she never contacted the NSPCC at the time, because it was not as well publicised as today, she now volunteers for the charity.
"It's important young people know they're not alone. Even if we've only raised £300, that's 300 more calls from young people that can be answered," she said.
In August 2011, three members of the Subhani family - Mohammed Subhani, 22, his mother Shazia Bibi, 42, and his father, 47-year-old Gul Subhani - along with a friend, Mohammed Shoukat, 39, attacked neighbours with weapons including a cricket bat.
All four admitted affray and they were sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court in April last year to a total of 420 hours of unpaid work.