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Hoarder won't clear up garden despite 20 years of complaints

Neighbours have been trying to stop Michael Legg's garden hoarding for more than two decades. Credit: ITV West Country

A hoarder, whose garden is overflowing with old windows, doors and stone ornaments, has vowed to continue his reclamation business, despite complaints from his neighbours.

71-year-old Michael Legg says he'll keep salvaging and selling the material from his home in Stoke-sub-Hamdon near Yeovil until "they carry me out in a box".

Neighbours say it's an unsightly mess and they've been trying to get something done about it for decades, with a number of petitions stretching back more than 20 years. They say they are worried about the potential effect it might have on the value of their homes if they wanted to sell.

Michael Legg says he'll keep his business going no matter what. Credit: ITV West Country

Mr Legg has, in the past, been served with an enforcement notice and been ordered by the council to clear and restore his garden but that notice was quashed when he appealed against it.

"We are aware of the concerns of local residents and the Parish Council and we will continue to pursue this matter to ensure that this unsightly garden area is tidied up."

– South Somerset District Council

Police investigate hedge trimming

This hedge in Horsington has become a thorny issue. Credit: ITV News

Locals are furious and police are investigating after more than a mile of hedgerow was cut in a Somerset village during the bird nesting season.

There were complaints that an untrimmed hedge in Horsington, South Somerset, was scratching people's cars, but villagers were horrified to see that landowners had had a mile-long stretch of it significantly cut back.

The landowners have said they had no choice after being contacted by the council. Villagers say hundreds of nests and a thousand young birds will have been destroyed - and that the hedge was perfectly safe.

Police have been contacted and say they are looking into it. It is illegal to do something to kill birds or harm their nests.
Local resident Robert White was among those outraged by what has happened.

Free Christmas parking in South Somerset

Parking will be free at Yeovil's Quedam Shopping Centre after 2pm Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Christmas shoppers in Yeovil and the rest of South Somerset are to benefit from free car parking from this afternoon. The district council is dropping charges after 2pm every day until Boxing Day.

Charges have also been dropped at the Quedam Shopping Centre. There will also be free parking all day on New Year's Day.

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Allergic woman has spent 17 years in a hut

A woman said to be allergic to the 21st Century has just spent her 17th anniversary living in an unheated and leaking hut in South Somerset. Gillian McCarthy was 41 when she retreated from the chemicals and pollutants that she says nearly killed her.

She believes her local authority should provide her with a specially built low emission house

  1. David Woodland

Allergic woman has spent 17 years in a hut

A woman said to be allergic to the 21st Century has just spent her 17th anniversary living in an unheated and leaking hut in South Somerset. Gillian McCarthy was 41 when she retreated from the chemicals and pollutants that she says nearly killed her.

She believes her local authority should provide her with a specially built low emission house.

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