French villagers rescue expat couple from neighbours from hell

Published:  22 Aug at 6 PM
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An elderly British couple living in a French village were rescued by villagers after the neighbours from hell had trapped them in their home.

The retired couple had moved to France to live their dream in a quiet mountain village, but found themselves living next door to another British couple who turned out to be the worst kind of nightmare next-door neighbours. An ongoing dispute over a shared right of way turned nasty when the elderly couple found themselves trapped inside their own home with no way of getting out.

The next-door neighbour, Mr Dunlop, nailed their front door and windows shut and was busily building a tall wall reaching to the second floor of the house when his targets, the Dysons, returned from shopping after having climbed over their back garden wall to get out. At this point, the villagers and a local gendarme intervened and the bailiffs were brought in.

The protest became noisy and very French, with much shouting and whistling, causing Mr Dunlop to hurriedly back down. After he’d slunk back to his own house, the wall was taken down and the windows and front door unblocked.

The Dysons are popular with French residents in the pretty Pyrenean village, and have lived there since 2004, although it seems that the Dunlops are rather less than well-regarded. According to the village mayor, Mr and Mrs Dyson had been harried by their neighbours for some years, but the persecution had increased due to an argument over a shared lane outside the two cottages.
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