DIY Bodger of the decade?

The item from the BBC was followed up by an article in the Saturday Telegraph last week that reported the culprit has now been jailed for three months.
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Peter Crosland wrote:

Is he an immigrant from a South African shanty town by any chance? It looks just like some shack you'd find there. I hope when the council go in to demolish it they protect their staff from being shot as one was a few years ago
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He has now been sent to prison for three months and the demolition has started. He is an accountant!
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On Fri, 29 Aug 2003 15:17:44 +0100, "Peter Crosland"

That's poetic justice for you. Pity he wasn't a solicitor.
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On Fri, 29 Aug 2003 15:17:44 +0100, "Peter Crosland"

He should have got 25 years then. It'll save time all around. Bye now! Slowbloke
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North East of England ?
There was a _lot_ more to that story than just planning law. The guy who was shot was a thoroughly nasty piece of work who enjoyed persecuting people for the feeling of power it gave his pathetic little inadequacy. The shooter was some poor old sod who should have been sympathetically disarmed months earlier. The police were negligent in allowing him to retain his licence, despite a string of warnings.
Forcing the confrontation in such a heavy-handed fashion left one council employee dead and a basically harmless old guy imprisoned.
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Yes, I remember seeing that event on tv. I never understood why the council official had invited so many photographers to witness the humiliation of this old chap.... but the thing that really sticks in my memory is the way in which that old codger straightened-up (to being a soldier) as he took aim at that official.
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Very far from the truth! The decision to take enforcement was made by the elected councillors, not the official, after repeated attempts to get the unauthorised development removed. Since the police were in attendance they obviously had no prior knowledge of the man being armed.
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pc> Since the police were in attendance they obviously had no prior pc> knowledge of the man being armed.
That only means the plods actuallys sent didn't know, ot that the police as an organisation didn't.
Mind you, all these problems would be avoided if the beurocrats and politicians just kept their noses out of people's business. If someone wants to build an ugly pile on their land, let them.
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Richard Caley wrote:

Would be OK next to your home then?
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Yep. I bought my home to live in, not a s a base from which to admire the aesthetics of other people's homes.
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Peter Crosland wrote:

When I saw the picture I thought they'd already started pulling it down.
Comparable stuff IIRC in the US - google for Redneck DIY
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Hello Chris

And, ahem, in some parts of the Rural UK. :)
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Simon Avery wrote:

I hear some of the moorland builders have interesting construction techniques, build 'em on the lean and let the wind blow them straight ;)
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Simon Avery wrote:

There's a guy in the Basingstoke paper only today who has been sent to prison for 18months for wilfully defying planning enforcement orders. He's had a running battle with the LA since 1966. He has a motor-caravan that he keeps trying to convert into a permanent dwelling in various locations. The picture in the paper of his current setup is comical. He's put a thatched roof on it
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Tried to find story on Basingstoke rags on line site, but unfortunately could see nothing there; what was name of guy involved; search feature may find that? Tks
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Much, much bigger.....
http://www.surinenglish.com/noticias.php?Noticia !57
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How might an estate agent describe it?
The house benefits from a classical Queen Anne front aspect, whilst also having a quaint and rustic Sally Anne aspect to the rear...
'Speaking to BBC Radio Shropshire, Mr Nseowo said the council had acted unfairly: "They have abused the privilege of planning permission."'
One might wonder if his legal advisor was the great, good and learned advocate, Dr Akena Adoko...
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