National recognition for family who stood firm against racist attacker

A family of four from Oldham who stood up to physical and verbal abuse from a nightmare neighbour for more than 12 months have won national recognition from their housing association.

Milan and Monika Novotny and their two adult sons, who are originally from the Czech Republic, had to be moved from their home in Ethel Court for their own safety.

However, their bravery and determination in facing up to the perpetrator was recognised this week with a ‘Standing Together’ Award from Guinness Northern Counties. The award was presented at a special ceremony, held at the Bower Hotel in Chadderton, Oldham, on Thursday December 3.

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