We're locked in a bitter 4-year battle with our nightmare neighbours over a 15ft fence – they make our lives a misery | The Sun

A COUPLE locked in a bitter four-year battle with their nightmare neighbours say their lives are being made a misery over a 15ft fence.

Retired prison officer Christina Keogh and her partner, Grainne Olin, a registered nurse, are locked in a bitter battle with neighbours Peter and Sylvia Harries over a "monstrous" corrugated iron fence.

Mr and Mrs Harries were ordered by their local authority, Ceredigion Council, to lower the fencing – which the fed-up neighbours next door say is "as high as the Berlin wall".

But, the height of the fence being lowered, tensions between the two households in the rural west Wales village of Pentrellwyn have escalated.

Mrs Harries, who runs a plant hire business with her husband from the family home, said: "These two have made our lives an absolute misery."

She claims they were compelled to put the fencing up in 2018 because firewood had been going missing from their wood store and keys were taken from their machines' ignitions.


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Ms Keogh, 62, vehemently denied taking wood or keys.

Mrs Keogh said: "That woman is just trying to make trouble for us. She needs to get a life.

"We hate each other, that's true, but neither I nor Grainne would ever use violence against her or, for that matter, anyone else."

During one fierce altercation, on Easter Sunday last year, the three women squared up to one another, leading to three police vans and three cars being sent to the Harries' property.

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Ms Olin was put in handcuffs, arrested and thrown into the back of one of the van, Mrs Harries says.

No charges were brought against any of the women. A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police told the Sun Online: "We do not confirm nor deny whether someone was under investigation or arrest.”

Mrs Harries claims the rumpus began after her neighbours "suddenly appeared" outside their patio doors and that Ms Olin grabbed her right shoulder during the incident.

When her son, Ben, phoned the police to tell them she was being assaulted, Ms Olin turned on him, Mrs Harries claimed.

Mrs Keogh, who now runs a burger van – Serial Grillers –  in nearby Penrhiwllan, says neither she or her partner had assaulted Mrs Harries or her son.

Asked if she had been arrested and thrown into the back of a police van, Ms Keogh said: "No."

Asked if her partner had been arrested and thrown into the back of the van, she said: "No comment."

Mrs Keogh added: "We have lived here for 18 years and it was peaceful until she moved in six years ago. Since then she's done her best to make our lives a living hell.

"It started with the fence going up, but now she is trying to pick a quarrel with us and cause trouble whenever she can.

"I'm sick of it. The police have been called out several times due to our ongoing dispute and they have recommended us for mediation, but she has refused this offer. We would be happy to try it.

"All we want is a quiet life."

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Mrs Harries accused her neighbours of trying to destroy their business.

She said: "Me and my husband are too busy working all hours to bother with them but when they come onto our property, it's not ok. I wish they'd sell up and leave the village. They're absolute nightmares."

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