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No Trespassing!

I was joined once more today by BRIAN HUGHES of Shenfield based solicitors, RAINER HUGHES.

Brian’s subject today concerned trespassing – an issue that is far more complex than it might appear at first sight.

If you missed what Brian told me today, you can listen again here – and be amazed: –

As we are getting ever closer to Christmas, it seemed appropriate to look at a Christmas related story.

It seems that as a part of “oneupmanship” and a bid to win their neighbourhood Christmas lights competition, a family in Austin, Texas ended up causing panic when a passer-by thought a man was stuck on their roof.

The Heerlein family in Austin, Texas, wanted to recreate a scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, which involved the character Clark Griswold, played by Chevy Chase, sliding  down the roof of his house while adding the lights but ends up dangling from the gutter.

So the family hung a dangling Clark front and centre of their decoration, but it took a pedestrian by surprise as he was walking past.  

Believing someone was really in distress, he moved a ladder to try to help, called police and even tried to wave down passing cars.

The man told local media that he did his best to help the man down but became increasingly alarmed when he was unable to get any response. Thinking the worst he called police, who had already received an number of other calls about the issue. 

The family have since added a sign to their display asking people not to call 911.

See you again tomorrow,


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