Those of you who follow this blog will know of the trouble we’ve had with some of our neighbours, who have disputed ownership of the back half of the vicarage garden, known as ‘the paddock’. They have broken through the fence time and again, and even barred up the gate from our own garden.
After several lawyers’ letters, visits from the police etc things seemed to have quietened down. The environmental team have spent over a year working on the paddock, clearing it, and we are turning it into a community garden, with raised beds for local people to grow stuff. The same team managed to put a metal gate in place of the wooden one that the neighbours kept breaking open! It’s been ‘all quiet on the western front’ for a few blessed months.
At 1am this morning I was woken by loud banging, and I realised that somebody was having a good old bash at something made of metal. Alarm bells immediately rang in my head and I got out of bed and went to the window, which overlooks the paddock. I could see some dark shapes moving around, and the sound was somebody trying to break open the metal gate.
Last time we had a ‘raid’, the thieves took £500-worth of the fabric which had been pinned down on the ground to prevent weeds growing so fast. This has now all been replaced and it would be awful to have it go again. I woke Hub, and we phoned the police, who were there within 5 minutes.
Of course, by the time they went into the paddock, nothing was happening and nobody was there. The central panel of sheeting had all come loose/been pulled free, but nothing had gone and there was no damage.
I reckon we caught them in mid-steal.
Of course there is nothing to link this to the ‘neighbours’ – but the neighbour owns the land next door which he has gated off and is called a ‘place’. We strongly suspect that illegals are living here, and the neighbour has been in trouble with the law already about using illegals to drive coaches belonging to the family coach hire firm.
You can just see the flat roof of our garage. It had asbestos in it, so that has been removed by a specialist firm, and the garage flattened to clear the access to the community garden.
It’s an exciting project, but now we are going to have to take security more seriously … :**: