When pensioner Jim Higgins decided to clear the brambles from a footpath at the bottom of his garden, he was only trying to help.
Many of his neighbours stopped by to thank the former police officer for all his work – which saw him replace a dilapidated fence and build a seat for weary walkers.Awww, what a lovely story!
How public-spirited some people are! How they heed the call of David Cameron's 'Big Society' and make their little corner of England a better place for people.
Well, let's nip that sort of thing in the bud right now!
But not everyone was so delighted by the grandfather’s efforts. Soon Sustrans, the charity which owns the footpath, announced that they had health and safety concerns over his homemade bench.
Following a complaint from the charity, Mr Higgins, 65, was called in to be questioned at his local police station in Whitehaven, Cumbria. He has now been told that he could be charged with the theft of the old fence.As Tim Worstall is wont to say, 'Can we hang the bastards now?'..
And do I mean the useless fakecharity or the police who think this is a valuable use of their time? Hmmm. Both.
And, irony of irony:
he finally decided to take matters into his own hands after his dog Nell became impaled on one of its rusty spikes.
He said: ‘Nell didn’t see the spike, which had become buried by the overgrown vegetation, but it punctured her skull and it is only thanks to the skill of a clever vet that she survived.
‘But it wasn’t only the fence that Sustrans had neglected and allowed to fall into disrepair – the footpath was a jungle of dangerous brambles that snagged horse riders, walkers and cyclists.’Remind me again, what was this quango come fakecharity originally set up for..?