It never ceases to amaze me how Nanny has managed to strip the British people of their commonsense, and how Nanny's employees engage themselves on "fools' errands" trying to impose absurd rules and regulations on the public for the most trifling of issues.
Stephen West, from Bridlington, found this to his cost when in August he pruned a honeysuckle overhanging from next door and threw away the cuttings.
Mr West's neighbour informed the police about the "theft" of the cuttings. As if by magic a Police Community Support Officer came to question Mr West in September.
He was told it was perfectly legal to cut the plant on his side of the boundary wall. However, he had broken the law by disposing of them instead of returning them to the owner.
Yes, you did read that correctly!
The PCSO then informed Mr West that he faced prosecution unless he accepted a caution. Mr West was also required to give fingerprints, and now has a criminal record.
It does seem that there is something of a long running dispute between Mr West and his neighbour over a number of issues. However, using the law to "get him" for this particular issue makes the law look a complete ass!
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