Teen allotment vandal injury 'sue us' alarm

PUBLISHED: 16:36 09 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:27 10 June 2010

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9: CONCERNS that 'teenage trespassers' could be injured if security measures are implemented at the Pound Lane allotments are being discussed by civic leaders on Monday. At the meeting of the Town Council's General Purposes and Regeneration Committee, the A

CONCERNS that 'teenage trespassers' could be injured if security measures are implemented at the Pound Lane allotments are being discussed by civic leaders on Monday. At the meeting of the Town Council's General Purposes and Regeneration Committee, the Allotment Association are presenting their plans to strengthen the gates and put up a barbed wire-topped fence.The fence will be at least 2.5m in height; inside, the boundaries of the allotments will have a 'Keep Out' sign. The moves are in response to insurers' increasing concerns about trespassers at the popular Town Council-administered plot.But Exmouth and District Allotment Association is worried about liability and Bernard Barton, of the Exmouth and District Allotment Association, wrote to the council and said: "I am hopeful that you can give the Council's view and also the legal position vis-a-vis the committee being sued by a teenager who injures himself on the barbed wire whilst climbing over it.

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