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Woman who wrote furious note blasting Finsbury Park noisy neighbour stunned by apology

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 19/01/2017 Patrick Grafton-Green

© Provided by Independent Print Limited zoe-oakes-3.jpg © Provided by Independent Print Limited zoe-oakes-3.jpg A woman who wrote a furious letter blasting her neighbour for keeping her up at 3am was stunned to receive an apology and a box of chocolates.

Zoe Oakes, from Finsbury Park, was woken up by banging from the flat above in the early hours of January 3.

The 30-year-old had been hung-over and went to bed early because she had work the next day, and the next morning wrote an angry note before putting it under her upstairs neighbour’s door.

To her surprise, when she returned home that evening her neighbour, an apologetic Pavel, had placed his own letter under her door, along with a box of chocolates.

Miss Oakes shared the note on Facebook and it quickly went viral, receiving thousands of likes.

Miss Oakes had left a cranky note under Pavel's door

She told the Standard: “I went straight back into my flat and showed my flat mates and I said this is insane.

“It was such a nice gesture. I’ve never met him before.

“This bang woke me up at about midnight and just continued until two or three in the morning. It was right above me.

“I was so mad the next morning, I had just wanted to get a good night’s sleep.

“I hadn’t slept, I was in a bad way, very pissed off.

“I am not usually that mean but I was so tired and cranky, so I put the note under the door.”

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Pavel replied with a grovelling apology

In his note, Pavel wrote: “To: Lady in the room facing street. Please accept this as my apology.

“I did return y'day around midnight, and did have to unpack.

“I did went to sleep around 2am.

“Normally I do my best to be mindful, however I apparently slipped y'day. I'm sorry, Pavel.

On the back of the note, he added: “PS I have a 9-5 too, today was brutal.”

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Miss Oakes said receiving the note and chocolates from Pavel was "insane"

Miss Oakes, who is from Sydney and has lived in the UK for four years, added that bizarrely the chocolates left by Pavel were her favourites.

She said “It’s weird because Guylians are my favourite chocolates. They’ve all been eaten now.

“I love Finsbury Park but it's not like it was in Sydney as over here you don't really know your neighbours.

“But I definitely intend to speak to him so I can tell him what has happened.”

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Miss Oakes wrote a letter to Pavel thanking him for the chocolates, but also hopes to thank him in person

After showing her flatmates the letter and gift Miss Oakes wrote back to thank Pavel.

She said: “Hi Pavel, thank you very much for your apology/ the delicious chocolates. And thank you for your understanding.

“I hope your day at work wasn't as awful as mine! Zoe (the lady in the room facing the street).”

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