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Splashed it! But fountain’s restorer hit with an ‘Asbo’

‘I only wanted to help’: But Bob Mouland has been banned from doing any more work on the fountain PICTURES: SWNS


A PENSIONER has been slapped with an ‘Asbo’ by council jobsworths — for trying to save a town’s historic fountain.

Well-meaning Bob Mouland, 71, spent hours restoring the rusting iron memorial using his own tools and paint.

But on Monday an enforcement officer for Folkestone and Hythe district council in Kent came up to him and told him to stop what he was doing.

Sitting pretty: Restored figure

When he refused, the officer returned with two colleagues and issued him with a community protection notice.

The fountain was erected in 1897 to honour Sidney Cooper Weston, a Quaker, philanthropist and photographer in Folkestone. It originally provided water for the seaside town’s horse-drawn hackney carriages.

The council has been accused of being ‘heavy-handed’. Friend and town councillor Mary Lawes said: ‘Bob genuinely wanted to help.’

A council spokesman said it had been made aware ‘someone had taken it upon themselves to carry out work on the fountain’. He added: ‘It is a listed structure and, as such, can only be worked on with the relevant permissions.’

A CPN is intended to deal with ‘unreasonable, ongoing problems or nuisances which negatively affect the community’s quality of life by targeting the person responsible’.

Mr Mouland now faces a fine of up to £2,000 if he breaks it. He said: ‘Seventy-one years without a blemish on my record… and now this!’

Warden fines driver during 999 heart scare

‘Not impressed’: Graham Lewis


A MOTORIST had a parking ticket slapped on his car while he was having emergency treatment for a suspected heart attack.

Graham Lewis, 49, was being looked after in an ambulance parked next to his vehicle when a traffic warden turned up.

Window engineer Mr Lewis said: ‘I nearly passed out because I was that stressed in the ambulance. Then my blood pressure went through the roof because I saw the ticket on my car. I’m not impressed by the ticket people just going around slapping tickets on vehicles — it’s ridiculous.’

Mr Lewis, from Leominister in Herefordshire, had been told to stop his car as soon as possible by an NHS 111 call handler after developing pains under his arms while driving home.

He pulled up at the nearest car park, where he was told by operators he could not drive any further and had to wait for the ambulance to arrive.

An electrocardiogram test showed he had not had a heart attack but he was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Herefordshire Council said the warden saw no sign that Mr Lewis was in the ambulance and did not knock on its door in case they were busy working on a patient. It advised him to appeal as such cases are ‘the reason there is an appeal process’.