Man ordered to remove barbed wire to protect burglars

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Man ordered to remove barbed wire to protect burglars

OK you can't lock your shed or use barbed wire to keep people out. Another sign of the British decline into absurdity.

A gardener who fenced off his allotment with barbed wire after being targeted by thieves has been ordered to take it down in case intruders scratch themselves.

Mr Malcolm's plight comes just weeks after Bristol council angered allotment holders by urging them not to lock their sheds in case burglars damaged them breaking in.

Bill Malcolm erected the 3ft fence after thieves struck three times in just four months, stealing tools worth around 300 from his shed and ransacking his vegetable patch.

But Bromsgrove district council has ordered the 61-year-old to remove the waist-high fence on health and safety grounds.

Mr Malcolm, who has grown potatoes, onions, beetroot and asparagus on two patches at the Round Hill allotments in Marlbrook, Worcestershire, for the past eight years, said: 'It's an absolutely ridiculous situation.

'All I wanted was to protect my property but the wire had to go in case a thief scratched himself.

'The fence was just a single strand and ringing my property. It was only 3ft high it wasn't as though I'd dug a moat filled with piranha fish and erected 6ft iron railings.

'The council said they were unhappy about the precautions I had made but my response was to tell them that only someone climbing over on to my allotment could possibly hurt themselves.

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By netchicken: posted on 10-10-2008

We have similar situations in America, where you can be sued if a burglar trips and falls whilst burgling you (not a joke). As for me, I'd just as soon shoot the bastard and be done with it.

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By peregrine: posted on 16-6-2009

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