Cut it out!: Rainham man ordered to stop mowing council-owned grass or face criminal charges
PUBLISHED: 12:41 05 August 2016 | UPDATED: 12:41 05 August 2016
A green-fingered pensioner was shocked to be told he faced being taken to court if he didn't stop cutting the grass outside his house.
Robert Wall lives in Ford Lane, Rainham, where he mowed the Havering Council-owned green as often as twice a week in the summer months.
But on Monday, after more than four years of lawn trimming, 71-year-old Robert was told by a council officer to stop or risk criminal damage charges.
Robert, who in the past has also been asked to stop painting fence posts, said: “It’s totally over the top to take people to court when all they’ve done is go out and try to tidy up the area they live in.
“It’s getting to the point now where people aren’t going to be able to pick up litter outside their homes for fear of being charged with something. I was raised to be community minded, now I’m being threatened because of it, it’s ridiculous.
“I guess I’ll have to totally stop.
“I don’t want to go to court and I definitely don’t want a criminal record for something as silly as this.”
A council spokesman said: “Mr Wall does a great job of cutting the grass, and it’s appreciated.
“However, he had to be made aware that a few of his actions combined could be seen as criminal damage. Cutting the grass on council land was not considered in isolation.”