My neighbour is accusing me of cutting down his tree & even wants to report it to the police as theft, I'm fuming | The Sun

A WOMAN has told of her anger after her neighbour accused her of cutting his tree down in the garden – even though it's on her side of the fence.

The anonymous woman vented her frustration to Mumsnet where she went on to explain that her neighbour has taken the matter one step further – and is threatening to report it to the police as theft.

In the post, she penned: "After my folks bugging me about it for ages we finally got the massive sycamore tree in our garden cut down."

It's been overshadowing the house and dropping sap all over for years, and the neighbours opposite have mentioned a few times that it blocks their light."

A week later the neighbour that we share that border with knocks on the door and says that we've cut down his tree!"

She went on to note how her garden ends in a row of "scrubby trees" and that his fence is behind the trees" – adding that the sycamore tree in question is "clearly" on her side of the fence.


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"I asked him to show me what he meant and he pointed out a low broken stone wall that is between our trees and his fence, and said that's the boundary, and the 30cm between the wall and the fence is his – and this one tree is (was) in that space," she continued.

"Apparently he can now see right across the street and it's a disaster for his view, but the trees left are still house height, so I don't see it myself…"

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She added: "He's never trimmed or maintained the tree himself (we've had it cut twice before) and in the 10+ years we've been there I've assumed it was ours. After all, it's OUR side of HIS fence."

He said his solicitor has said that if I didn't have an appropriate response then he should really report it to the police as theft. This is bull***t surely?!"

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And it wasn't long before social forum users took to the comments section – with very mixed opinions.

"Theft of a sycamore tree. I reckon he's bull shitting. I'm pretty sure the police have bigger fish to fry," wrote one.

A second agreed: If the tree is on your side of the fence then, it is yours."

"If he has put a fence up himself on the opposite side of the tree, he has moved his own boundary so, the tree is still yours."

"Tell him to phone the police if he wants, they can't and won't do anything."

As for theft, is he on drugs or something?

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A third commented: "He sounds unhinged. Just ignore him."

Meanwhile, another added: "It took him a week to notice!"

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