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Retired Army Captain Set To Lodge Complaint Against Police

Thursday September 26 2013

A RETIRED army captain intends to lodge a formal complaint against the police - following attempts to prosecute him over a £7.49 neighbour dispute.

Criminal charges against Tim Hallam, who denied causing damage after cutting the top off a wooden fence post, have been dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service due to 'insufficient evidence'.

Mr Hallam, of Thurgoland Bank, Thurgoland, disagrees with a neighbour about whose land the post, which would cost £7.49 to repair, is on.

The 55-year-old, who served in Bosnia and Kosovo, said the experience had been stressful but, given some of the things he had dealt with during his military career, it was 'water off a duck's back'.

Chris Hartley, senior district crown prosecutor, said Mr Hallam was charged with criminal damage by South Yorkshire Police, not the CPS.

"We asked the police to provide us with a full file of evidence," he said. "Careful review of the file identified further lines of enquiry which were explored by the police.

"This revealed a report from a surveyor who had been instructed by the victim over the boundary issue. This report indicated that the fence post was 25cm onto Mr Hallam’s land. This meant that Mr Hallam was within his rights to take steps to remove the fence post.

"As a result of this information there was insufficient evidence and the case had to be stopped."

District Judge John Foster attacked the CPS when the case was initially taken to court last month, branding the decision to prosecute 'crackers' and 'nonsense'.

Mr Hallam said he now plans to submit a grievance against the police and the case will be subject to a civil hearing between the neighbours.

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Reply Posted by max on Thursday September 26 2013 at 11:28
get a grip man, there are far more serious matters to deal with than a bloody £7.49 fence post! And how much has it cost already to 'investigate' the matter?

Reply Posted by dom on Thursday September 26 2013 at 11:37
man up guys its a fence post move on

Reply Posted by julie on Thursday September 26 2013 at 14:57
Pathetic!! Just like the man who reported me to the police who came round to investigate as my dog had cocked his leg on his gate post!!!! Some people should seriously get a life!!

Reply Posted by Millie on Thursday September 26 2013 at 21:47
It's still a crime whether it's £7.49 or £749!!! People get locked up for shoplifting for less!!

Reply Posted by sid on Thursday September 26 2013 at 21:52
Common sense would cost nothing. This will have cost the tax payer a small fortune. I despair at this story.

Reply Posted by Swifty on Saturday September 28 2013 at 20:21
The world has gone mad.how on earth did this situation get to this stage. Somebody needs to stop this fiasco.life is for living. Get a life

Reply Posted by Simon Walsh on Tuesday October 1 2013 at 23:11
If post is 25cm on his land then it's a civil matter for neighbours to sort. Looks lime someone has got police involved to make a point at taxpayers expense.

Reply Posted by Tyke on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 00:41
Millie, no one gets locked up for shoplifting to the value of £8, Believe me!!

Reply Posted by Peter on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 08:05
There s more to this than Just a post.
The papers portray a slanted view in most cases otherwise they would make boring reading.
what's the other side of the story I wonder ?