I have cut most of them back already (which, at the time, sent him into a frenzy of frustration and hammering). Much of the fruit that ends up on my side comes from his weird habit of balancing his apples on the top of my fence until they fall off. He then takes away the ones that fall his side and pesters me about the ones that fall on mine.span wrote: Why don't you lop off the overhanging branches? Trim them back to the boundary? No more falling fruit, and cuts down on blown leaf litter too.
I quite agree. My preferred course of action is to ignore him, which is precisely what he doesn't want. There's no way I'm moving because of someone like that. My solicitor already threatened him with legal action after he chopped down a tree in my garden; and I called the police (to no avail) when he tried to break in in 2004.mr sheen wrote: ↑Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:03 pmThe OP has described a person that s/he is in a dispute with from an individual subjective perspective. There is no objective data available.
It is not appropriate to digress to offensive comments about people with disabilities.
Recommending Mob humiliation may result in violent response. Diagnosing people from comments made by a poster is ridiculous and If the person is disabled, inciting action against them is not only offensive but may be a criminal offence.
If the OP is concerned about the behaviour of a neighbour, the options are - ignore it; move; take action if behaviour is actionable; call police if behaviour amounts to a criminal offence.
As for a 'diagnosis', I've been wondering what's wrong with him for the last 20 years. I do know he has had 'contact' with the local mental health services. I'm no psychiatrist, but I've read a lot about the kind of traits he exhibits, and my best guess is that he has something like an egotistical personality disorder. He's not stupid in the sense of having a low IQ, and he seems moderately clued up about many topics. When you first speak to him, he comes across as quite educated, but after a couple of minutes you begin to realise something is missing mentally. He has a belief that he is superior to everyone and is obsessive in the extreme about a variety of very odd things. He especially dislikes people doing things to their house or garden without his approval. One aspect of that is a fanatical hatred of uPVC: he nearly had a fit when I had a new front door installed. I have a CCTV showing him standing in front of my house, gesturing in despair at the new door and all of my windows while having a conversation over his right shoulder with some non-existant person. (Actually I've got quite a collection of 'amusing' CCTV clips of him, but that's a different story.)
Fortunately, I don't live in fear of violence. That would be too blatant for him (apart from the fact that he knows he would meet with a vigorous defence). He prefers sly and sneaky tactics: causing damage when he thinks he won't get caught, intercepting mail and parcels etc. I think that's why the CCTV put a stop to his harassment for such a long time. Obviously something has started him off again recently - possibly it was losing his job in the family business. (After his father died a few years back, my neighbour wasn't trusted to take over running the firm. The board of directors, who were installed in his place, tolerated him for as long as they could, but now they've kicked him out on his ear.)
Anyway, that's all a bit of a digression. I'm grateful for everyone's input, but does anyone know what the law says about ownership of his wind-fallen fruit and what it obliges me (and him) to do with regard to collecting or returning the fruit?
EDIT: Thanks for the info ukmicky. For some reason I didn't see your post initially. That sounds like a reasonable approach for next year. I doubt my neighbour will agree, but that's his problem. Thanks again.