This is not strictly a Legal Matter as such but could become one.
I am wondering if any members have had similar experience of the following.
Scenario is friends of our have been losing a considerable number of free range chickens and initially thought fox were to blame. The hens were not being eaten as it turns out which makes fox seem unlikely.
Turns out that the residents in the neighbouring property who is a rather anti social wierdo has been allowing his 5 dogs to go through the fence and into my friends property.
It is in a rural location.
Last night by sheer chance, the dogs were witnessed killing chickens and my friend was informed. When wierdo realised he had been seen he called his dogs back and went into his house and refused to answer his door. The dogs have never been put on a lead and have bitten in the past.
My friend is a very reasonable guy, and all his fences and gates are well maintained. Wierd neighbour as it turns out, (which can be seen from a path worn in the undergrowth), has been routinely "excercising" his dogs in my friends grounds.
It should be noted that neighbours has a considerable amount of ground to excercise his dogs on.
A few years ago words were exchanged over these dogs chasing my friends horses but to avoid a repetition, the horses are no longer put in the fields adjoining their property as he fortunately has a good bit of ground and had an alternative.
My friend works away and has his wife and 3 young kids at home and could obviously do without any hassle and wants an easy life. He has a holding number and runs a small holding and has spent an absolute fortune on fencing trying to do things right.
Has anyone experienced anything similar and how was it resolved?