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Half of Britons snoop on neighbours

The UK is a nation of curtain twitching busy-bodies, according to a survey.

Nearly half (43%) of those quizzed admitted to regularly snooping on neighbours.

And over a fifth (23%) admitted to listening through walls and looking through other people's mail.

Women are nosier than men with 47% claiming to monitor their neighbours by looking through the windows of their house or checking out their social networking accounts.

Just 37% of men admitted to keeping tabs on their neighbours.

The study found that the older you become the more nosey you get.

Some 63% of those aged 55 or more monitored their neighbours in one way or another, whereas just 41% of 16-24 year olds do the same.

Roy Rudham, chairman of the UK Neighbourhood Watch Trust, said: "With nearly 50% of us admitting to being 'spies next door' these findings prove that our interest in getting to know our neighbours is leading to an increase in trust and building relationships within the community."

The survey of 1,146 people was commissioned by Momentum Pictures to coincide with the release of the film The Spy Next Door.

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