Neighbour installs 14ft metal fence in sleepy Welsh village while couple are ...

A woman has told how her neighbours built a garden fence 'as high as the Berlin Wall' as part of a long-running feud which is now so bitter the police have been called several times.

Tina Keogh, 59, said she and her partner came back from holiday to discover a 'monstrous' corrugated iron fence had been installed along the perimeter of their rural Welsh home while they were away.

Peter and Sylvia Harries admit putting up the fence without planning permission, but insist they need it for protection against the retired couple next door.

The row, which has been bubbling on for seven months, has now spilled out into a furious war of words with the rest of the village, the council and the police all being dragged in. 

Ms Keogh, an ex-prison officer, is horrified that the metal structure is obstructing their views, blocking out light and ruining their country garden.

Tina Keogh, 59, (above) has told how her neighbours built a garden fence 'as high as the Berlin Wall' as part a long-running feud which is now so bitter the police have been called several times

Tina Keogh, 59, (above) has told how her neighbours built a garden fence 'as high as the Berlin Wall' as part a long-running feud which is now so bitter the police have been called several times

The retired prison officer said she and her partner came back from holiday to discover a 'monstrous' corrugated iron fence had been erected along the perimeter of their rural Welsh home while they were away

The retired prison officer said she and her partner came back from holiday to discover a 'monstrous' corrugated iron fence had been erected along the perimeter of their rural Welsh home while they were away

The row, which has been bubbling on for seven months, has now spilled out into a furious war of words with the rest of the village, the council and the police all being dragged in

The row, which has been bubbling on for seven months, has now spilled out into a furious war of words with the rest of the village, the council and the police all being dragged in

Peter and Sylvia Harries (pictured) admit putting up the fence without planning permission, but insist they need it for protection against the retired couple next door

Peter and Sylvia Harries (pictured) admit putting up the fence without planning permission, but insist they need it for protection against the retired couple next door

'It's like having the Berlin Wall running alongside your garden,' she said. 

The couple complained to the council demanding the fence, which they claim is 14ft high, is torn down.

But Mr and Mrs Harries applied for retrospective planning permission stating the fence is only 11ft 4in and was put up for their protection.

The fence, in the sleepy village of Pentrellwyn, Cardiganshire, has been up since August but council chiefs are unable to take any action while there is an ongoing planning application.

Ms Keogh, a grandmother, and her partner, both former high security prison officers, say their garden now reminds them of the jails they worked in before they retired. 

'We were living her quite peacefully until the fence was put up while we were away on holiday last summer,' she said.

'It's a horrible eyesore; they are not even fencing panels but the leftovers of a building our neighbours demolished.

'We have tried to reason with the Harrieses but it's not done any good.'

Ms Keogh, who has been with her partner for 23 years, claims they suffered homophobic abuse when the fence row turned ugly.

She said: 'We've been called dykes and all sorts of horrible names, some too disgusting to repeat.

'A huge rock was deposited at the entrance to our driveway with a phallic symbol drawn on it.

'It's not what you expect in a quiet rural area of West Wales.'

She says their retirement in Wales with dogs Maggie, Arthur and Boomer is being blighted by the ugly fence.

Ms Keogh, an ex-prison officer, is horrified that the metal structure is obstructing their views, blocking out light and ruining their country garden

Ms Keogh, an ex-prison officer, is horrified that the metal

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