Senior attacks neighbour over ‘loud hoover’

An 80-year-old man has been arrested for attempted murder after attacking a neighbour with a hammer because the loud noise of her vacuum cleaner annoyed him.

Senior attacks neighbour over 'loud hoover'
The pensioner was arrested for attempted murder and imprisoned in Rimini. Photo: Rosie Scammell/The Local

The incident took place in an apartment block in Riccione, a small town near Rimini, La Repubblica reported.

Annoyed with the loud noises from the apartment above him, the pensioner went to his garage to get a hammer before knocking on the door of his neighbour's flat, a woman who is also aged 80.

He reportedly asked to come in to look at her window frames, and waited until the elderly woman turned around before hitting her three times over the head with the hammer.

Neighbours who heard her cries called the police and an ambulance, and the woman was taken to hospital where she is now recovering under observation. Her life is not in danger and she sustained only superficial injuries.

After the attack, the man returned to his flat where he was found by police. He allegedly told them he wanted to kill the woman because he couldn't stand the loud noise of her vacuuming, and that he only regretted not succeeding in the attempt, expressing a wish to 'finish the job'.

He was taken to prison in Rimini following his arrest.

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Italy’s president calls for ‘full truth’ on anniversary of Bologna bombing

President Sergio Mattarella said on Tuesday it was the state's duty to shed more light on the 1980 bombing of Bologna's train station, on the 42nd anniversary of the attack that killed 85 people and injured 200.

Italy's president calls for 'full truth' on anniversary of Bologna bombing

On August 2nd 1980, a bomb exploded in the railway station’s waiting room, causing devastation on an unprecedented scale.

Five members of terrorist groups were later convicted in relation to the bombing, the worst episode in Italy’s ‘Years of Lead’ period of political violence in the 1970s and 80s.

Most recently, in 2020, a former member of the far-right Armed Revolutionary Nucleus (NAR) was sentenced to life imprisonment for providing logistical support to those who carried out the attack.

But suspicions remain of cover-ups and the involvement of “deviant elements” within the nation’s security services, reported Italian news agency Ansa.

READ ALSO: Bologna massacre: 40 years on, questions remain over Italy’s deadliest postwar terror attack

“The bomb that killed people who happened to be at the station on that morning 42 years ago still reverberates with violence in the depths of the country’s conscience,” Mattarella said in a speech marking the anniversary on Tuesday.

“It was the act of cowardly men of unequalled inhumanity, one of the most terrible of the history of the Italian Republic.

A train compartment at Bologna station pictured following the 1980 bombing attributed to the neo-fascist terrorist organization Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari.

“It was a terrorist attack that sought to destabilise democratic institutions and sow fear, hitting ordinary citizens going about their everyday tasks.

“On the day of the anniversary our thoughts go, above all, to the relatives forced to suffer the greatest pain.

“The neo-fascist nature of the massacre has been established in court and further steps have been made to unveil the cover-ups and those who ordered the attack in order to comply with the Republic’s duty to seek the full truth”.

The bombing remains Western Europe’s fourth deadliest postwar terror attack, and one of the most devastating in Italy’s history.