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My neighbour has put barbed wire on the fence between our gardens; she claims the fence is her property. We want to know whether we’re entitled to remove it, and whether it’s actually illegal to put barbed wire on fences?

If the fence is indeed on your neighbour’s property she is perfectly within her rights to put barbed wire on it. It’s not really advisable though, since if a child were to be injured by it she could face a claim for compensation. You need to check who owns the fence. If it was put up before either of you moved in this may prove easier said than done, but it’s possible your title deeds will give you a clue.

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