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Walkers Be Warned: Fences Mean Something!

, , , | Legal | October 8, 2021

I have a piece of land next to my family’s farm that is mostly waste ground. The problem is that it is infested with rats, not helped by constant walkers and picnickers trespassing, leaving food waste, and damaging the crops — despite the gates and many signs.

I am out with my shotgun, trying to clear the nests, when I see a pair of walkers in the middle of the field.

Me: “Can I help you?”

Woman: “Oh, no, thanks. We know where we are.”

Me: “Let me rephrase that. You are on private property. You need to leave now.”

Man: “Whoa, I don’t like that you have that thing.” *Points to my shotgun* “Can you put it down?!”

Me: “Down? In the sodden ground? No, sorry, I can’t do that. But it’s unloaded and not cocked, so it’s safe. Again, I will invite you, kindly, to leave this property before I call the police.”

Woman: “But we’re just walking. What harm are we doing?”

I begin ushering them back to the road.

Me: “Seeing as the whole field is fenced in and locked, you must have damaged something to get in. Again, last warning before I call the police.”

Woman: “We have rights! I’m calling the police.”

Me: “Fine, but do it on public property.”

They refused to move. The woman was getting hysterical and the man was being paranoid about the shotgun. I decided to wait for the police.

What happened next was months of legal issues. They lied about being threatened, meaning my shotguns were taken away; luckily, I had camera footage. They denied breaking the fence to get in and I couldn’t prove otherwise.

Eventually, everything was dropped, but I still had to pay for the repairs, and the walkers kept coming and finding their way in. It only stopped after I found their forum and got the moderators to remove all mention of my land under threat of legal action.