A gardener has been forced to take down the barbed wire he put round his vegetable patch to deter thieves and vandals because the bureaucrats are concerned the intruders might hurt themselves.
Bill Malcolm erected the 3ft fence after thieves struck three times in just four months, stealing tools worth around £300 from his shed and ransacking his vegetable patch.
But Bromsgrove district council has ordered the 61-year-old to remove the waist-high fence on health and safety grounds.
. . . A spokesman for Bromsgrove council said: ‘With regard to the barbed wire, when this is identified on site, we are obliged to request its removal or remove it on health and safety grounds.’
Now we know what a brick wall would sound like if it could speak.