Police called after woman used wheelie bin to reserve parking

The wheelie bin that led to police being called

Anger over a wheelie bin led a homeowner in Tredworth in Gloucestershire to call the police. A 44-year-old woman was stunned to be visited by officers, and warned that she was committing an offence by reserving a parking space with her wheelie bin. The woman, who has asked for anonymity, uses her bin to save her space, as her disability means she cannot walk far.

She told the Gloucester Citizen that she suffers from arthritis in her legs, gets out of breath quickly and is in pain when she walks. Non-residents park in the road, so she sometimes struggles for a space. As a result she uses her bin to keep a space clear.

However, her practice of leaving the bin in the road upset one of her neighbours, who called police. Officers came to her house and said 'bin-blocking' was an offence, and that she could be prosecuted.

A Gloucestershire police spokesperson told the Daily Mail that it was a PCSO who had visited the woman and advised her to contact the council to request a disabled parking space, because reserving space with a bin contravenes the Highway Act 1980.
Bin dramas

The fact that someone took the time to report her to the police demonstrates just how much ill-feeling can be generated by bin-related arguments.

Two weeks ago, a row over a wheelie bin in Hatherley Cheltenham, ended with armed police being called. In an on-going row, one man had left a 'stinking' wheelie bin under his neighbour's window, so he called the police. Given that the men had an ongoing feud, and the caller threatened to use violence, the police were dispatched with handguns and tasters.

Last Month, a court heard of an argument over a bin that did end in violence. A man in Plymouth had left his bin out to reserve a parking space, and his neighbour moved it in order to let a female friend's car out. The man who was reserving a parking space emerged from his house and started kicking the woman's car. He then got in his own car and tried to run his neighbour over. He was given a suspended sentence, and ordered to attend anger management classes.

And it's not just violence you need to be worried about. We reported back in 2013 on the neighbours who fell out over whether a wheelie bin blocked a shared driveway. The ensuing argument ended up in court and cost them £15,000. One of the families had to remortgage their home to pay the legal fees.

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Police called after woman used wheelie bin to reserve parking

Gerard and Christina White from Moseley in Birmingham hit the headlines in September last year, when their neighbour ignored his planning permission, and built so close to their house that they said it effectively turned their detached property into a semi-detached one.

Despite the fact it left them unable to maintain the side of their property, the council washed their hands of the case, and said the couple would have to take private legal action if they wanted the extension to be pulled down.

Helen Coughlan, a 52-year-old carer from Woodford Bridge in north east London, was stunned when her neighbours built an extension just 24 inches from her window - completely obscuring her view.

Despite the fact she says it took £100,000 off the value of the home, and rendered it unsellable, the council said it could do nothing to force the demolition of the new extension.

In 2013, a row that had been rumbling for 17 years finally came to court. One of the neighbours had planted eight conifer trees in his front garden, and ignored repeated requests to cut them back to allow natural light into his neighbour’s home.

He was eventually forced to by a court - after the trees had caused a crack to appear in his neighbour’s wall.

Wendy and Paul Collins from Brownhills in the West Midlands watched in horror as their neighbours erected a six foot fence at the bottom of their front garden, blocking their front gate and leaving their car stranded on their front lawn.

Their home faces onto a car park serving a block of flats, and the owners of the flats erected the fence to stop the couple driving through the car park in order to park on their front lawn. The couple can still access their house through the back - and have a drive round the other side of the house - unfortunately their car is stuck on the lawn.

A Michigan man who had been through a bitter divorce, decided to get his revenge on his ex-wife by moving in next door.

As soon as he had moved in, he erected a 12 foot statue in the front garden, of a hand giving the finger. The statue is even lit up at night.

In May last year, Steven and Fiona Young from Blawith were ordered to pay their neighbours, Peter and Lesley Raymond, £600,000, after a campaign of harassment.

The Youngs had lived in a large farmhouse, but decades earlier sold up and moved to a smaller property next door. The Raymonds moved into the farmhouse and the Youngs became nightmare neighbours.

They piled rubbish in the garden, damaged fences, let animals foul their garden, and rode quad bikes over the grounds. When the Raymonds installed CCTV, Mr Young mooned them, and then painted over them.

The Raymonds sued for harassment, trespass, nuisance, assault and slander - and were awarded £200,000. The Youngs also had to pay £400,000 costs.


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