Bin Wars: Two feuding Marston Green neighbours have been bound over to keep the peace following a dispute over....rubbish.
Natalie Tippett and Luke Guy, who live next door to each other on Wavers Marston, were arrested and spent the night in cells after police were called out twice in one evening to settle their wheelie big argument.
Colin Heald, prosecuting, said Mrs Tippett had been “clearly drunk” when officers arrived at the properties for the second time on January 30, at 10.30pm.
Mrs Tippett, representing herself, told the court the fight had started after Guy had stolen her bin.
“My bin was taken from outside my house,” said the 40-year-old.
“I saw Luke taking it and asked him where he was going with it. He said he would bring it back.
“I went to grab my bin back but he said ‘It’s my bin now.’
“I know it’s only a bin, but there have been a few things taken over the years.”
But during his hearing, following his neighbour’s at Solihull Magistrates Court, Guy, 32, claimed the aggressor had been Mrs Tippett who had held a grudge against him since he ended a relationship with her daughter.
Phillip Haycock, defending Guy, said: “There has been some aggravation. Mrs Tippett was very drunk. She was banging on the door, banging on the windows...”
Mr Heald said officers had received numerous calls from both neighbours complaining about each other’s behaviour but felt it was necessary to arrest Guy and Tippett to prevent a breach of the peace.
“(The arresting officer) doesn’t describe Guy as being clearly drunk, as they do describe Mrs Tippett, but he felt it was necessary to keep the peace,” he added.
Both neighbours were bound over for six months, Guy to the sum of £100 and Mrs Tippett to the sum of £250.