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The bit where the locks have bin chopped up with a chainsaw!!!! (Trub, Castleton)

This location was part of an existing stoppage (to construct a new farm access bridge, replacing a temporary bridge). The bridge is now complete but the stoppage has been extended due to the digging of a hole through the canal bank. Even if the beams had not been damaged, the canal would still be closed there at the moment.

See this item and the one below it.

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BW has finally announced an expected re-opening date for the Rochdale Canal in the vicinity of Lock 53, near Castleton.

 

Work to repair the bank will start on May 29th, with the canal re-opening (with some monor restrictions) on 6th June.

 

2 - 1 the farmers (Allegedly) ready with his digger and saw again. Anyone standing lookout for the remainder of the season???? ^_^

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I have found out a bit more about Farmer Jones, there are actually two of them, father and son and it is the son who is the nutter, he has been under some sort of a 'breach of the peace' court order for a couple of years and it appears BW are taking a firmer line this time*.

 

I have also found out that the good farmer was originally paid £100,000 and given a nice new bridge as compensation for the loss of his motorway underpass. His gripe seems to be that he can't get large lorries into his land but it is obvious to anyone that his new bridge has far more elbow room than his original access.

 

*Interesting legal question about who is the injured party here, (there is us of course) as BW don't actually own the canal, they are merely contracted to maintain it.

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Surely not again.............

 

A half day stoppage (morning) is required at Coppy Bridge to remove bridge

masonry, which due to an act of vandalism, is blocking the navigation.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. Winding can be

found between locks 53-54 and at lock 48.

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Surely not again.............

 

A half day stoppage (morning) is required at Coppy Bridge to remove bridge

masonry, which due to an act of vandalism, is blocking the navigation.

Coppy Bridge is at Firgrove, at the other end of Rochdale, so it would seem unlikely that there is any connection with previous misdeeds.

 

Coppy Bridge is the stone arched bridge just visible in the background in this photo:

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The chain saw massacre.

 

A bit more on the ongoing saga. Farmer Jones or more accurately; Son of Farmer Jones is now in custody for the assault or threatening assault on two or more police officers.

 

BW having replaced the pilling that had been removed from the canal bank, our Mr. Jones was seen pulling them out again with his digger. A lady police officer arrived and he made certain threats against her, she then called for reinforcements and two male coppers turned up and after a fracas they subdued the good farmer with CS Sprays.

 

He is now in nick awaiting a court appearance later this month. "You get some nutters around here".

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A bit more on the ongoing saga. Farmer Jones or more accurately; Son of Farmer Jones is now in custody for the assault or threatening assault on two or more police officers.

 

Have you got a source for this information, please, John?

 

BW having replaced the pilling that had been removed from the canal bank,

There was no piling there originally. The piling was put in just recently to stop the culprit from digging through the bank again.

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The Rochdale Observer, last Thursday I think.

 

 

I have the arrticle in front of me. Rochdale Observer: Sat. 9th June 2007

 

"FARMER CHARGED

 

A CASTLETON farmer has been charged with the assault of two police officers.

 

Christopher Cedric Jones, aged 38, of Maden Fold Farm, was arrested on Tuesday night.

 

He is due to appear before Rochdale magistrates on Monday 18th June".

 

It seems he was released the following day and only spent one night in custody.

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"FARMER CHARGED

 

A CASTLETON farmer has been charged with the assault of two police officers.

 

Christopher Cedric Jones, aged 38, of Maden Fold Farm, was arrested on Tuesday night.

 

He is due to appear before Rochdale magistrates on Monday 18th June".

 

So, he is to appear in court on Monday charged with the alleged assault?

 

It seems he also appeared in court yesterday and was given a suspended prison sentence for breaching the injunction against carrying out further damage to the canal bank.

 

Read more here.

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Does anyone know what happened with the court appearance?

 

There's nothing on the Internet anywhere.

 

What's the betting he gets off with a slapped wrist and goes back to his antics again?

 

Janet

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They must put him away now surely? The man is a menace.

 

Surely that will just make him even more angry...... :D

 

Perhaps they should have properly compensated him for the loss of his farm access....I don't condone what he is doing in any way but understand the reasons behind it. At the end of the day they are spending more on the repairs than they would have spent buying the farm and reselling it to someone who was happy with the access.........

 

Everyone has a price. :)

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