Saturday, September 5, 2009

Don't Piss-Off Your Neighbor

Neighbor builds 6ft wall half an inch from family's windows to stop them 'trespassing' on his land by opening them.

The view from their converted barn should have been of glorious rolling countryside.
But when Lee Goddard and his family looked out of their windows one morning they found themselves face to face with a six-foot wall.
It had been hastily built by neighbor Elhamy Shaqer, who claimed his land extended right up to the barn wall and thus, by opening their windows, they were trespassing.
He built the wall half an inch away from the back of the one-storey barn, blocking all the light and making it impossible to open the windows more than a chink.
Matters came to a head last Thursday when Mr. Goddard, a builder who had turned the barn into a three-bedroom home, moved in with Diane Wilson and their two sons, Harvey, five, and Charlie, two.
Mr. Goddard, 35, decided to take the wall down as no light was getting in to the three bedrooms.
But he was shocked when Mr. Shaqer's wife Andrea called the police and he was threatened with arrest for breaching the peace if he carried on.
They intend to seek a court order preventing the wall being damaged any further and demand costs for the rebuilding part of it.

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