‘Police turned up over balls in my garden’

Penny Freeman, 74, was warned by police to return footballs that were kicked into her garden from next door.
Penny Freeman, 74, was warned by police to return footballs that were kicked into her garden from next door.

A pensioner was astonished to receive a visit by police – for not returning a football that was kicked into her garden.

Penny Freeman, 74, was fed up with the constant barrage of frisbees, balls and other items being hurled over her garden fence from next door.

The pensioner believes the police visit was a waste of resources.

The pensioner believes the police visit was a waste of resources.

Penny, of Vernon Road, says she approached the neighbours to ask that the balls stop being thrown onto her property.

“I politely told them that we would be restoring the garden the next spring and asked if they could teach their children not to throw things over the wall, as they would damage the new plants,” said Penny.

“However, the ball problem did not stop, in fact, it escalated.”

In one instance, Penny claims eight balls were kicked over her wall – followed by a small goal post and net.

The increasingly frustrated pensioner finally had enough, and decided she would no longer immediately return the balls over the wall.

“We decided to keep them for a few days to teach the children a lesson. They were always returned undamaged.

“Once we have 10 items in our shed – which shows you the extent of the problem,” said Penny.

On March 29, two police officers visited Penny to “remonstrate” with her.“To send the two police officers round here in a car to remonstrate with me is beyond the pale and I am angry about it.”

A spokesman for Humberside Police said: “A Police Community Support Officer has visited both parties involved in a neighbour dispute in the Vernon Road area of Bridlington.

“Words of advice have been offered to take steps to resolve the matter. Our police community support officers are best placed to deal with and mediate in matters of this nature and are keen to offer practical advice and solutions to prevent situations escalating further.”