When a group of pensioners noticed graffiti had been sprayed on a wall at the bottom of their gardens, they hoped their council would do something to tidy it up.And this was a Tory-led council...
So they were astounded when local authority bureaucrats threatened them with court action and a £1,000 fine unless they cleared it up themselves.
Some of the pensioners were reduced to tears after receiving stern letters from a Bury Council official warning them they had 21 days to remove the mess.
The council says the residents have a duty to keep their community clean and leaving the graffiti on the wall could lead to them being prosecuted under Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.But it's obviously just as ok to send the letter out to a group of pensioners who are unable to physically remove it themselves.
This law is normally used against major landowners who refuse to clean up their land.
Personally, I suggest they call in a contractor and deduct the fee from their council tax. Let the council take them to court. If they do get put behind bars, at least they'll get better treatment.