Knock On Door
His anger only seemed to grow as he waited. He couldn’t believe that not only did this man ruin their home, he also ruined the first year of their marriage. His knuckles turned white as he clenched his fists tightly, forcefully knocking on his door. It was a hot day and sweat was dripping from his forehead.
He didn’t know how things were about to pan out.
Thomas And Rebekah
Rebekah and Thomas Entwistle were the perfect couple. Their relationship was just like a fairytale.
When Thomas proposed to Rebekah, he thought that only the best was to come. But he would soon discover that that was not the case.
Thomas had tears in his eyes when he watched Rebekah walk down the aisle. He knew he was the luckiest man in the world to have her as his bride.
Their wedding day was the happiest day of their lives. They were excited to spend the rest of their lives together. They felt confident that nothing could ever separate them. At least, that’s what they thought.
They immediately started looking for their forever home, right after their wedding. They were tired of living in the hustle-and-bustle of the city. They wanted to live somewhere quiet and calm.
They wanted to raise a family peacefully. It took some time but they finally ended up finding the perfect home in Blackburn, which was a town in Lancashire.
Looks Can Be Deceiving
Thomas booked a surprise viewing of the house and took Rebekah to their appointment. Thomas was overjoyed to see that it looked exactly the same in person as it did online.
Rebekah cried joyfully when she first saw the house. She couldn’t believe that it was so perfect. But looks can be deceiving.
Dream Come True
It was a two-story, four bedroom house. It had a beautiful garden an amazing view of the countryside. It was a dream come true.
They didn’t hesitate to secure a mortgage in order to purchase the $290,000 home. They moved in immediately. The house came fully furnished and they didn’t need to make any renovations. They decided to make a change of plans.
They decided to celebrate their recent achievements, since they didn’t have to spend any money on their new home.
They originally planned to skip their honeymoon, because they thought it would be best to use that money to renovate their new home. But since they didn’t have to renovate, they could now go on their honeymoon. Without any hesitation, they booked a flight and spent eleven days in the Dominican Republic. They didn’t know it at the time, but they would regret this decision later on.
Worse By The Day
Rebekah and Thomas were having the best time on their honeymoon. They enjoyed every second of their time together. They were completely unaware that back home, their brand-new house was turning into their worst nightmare.
It was becoming worse by the day. Their new home was becoming a dungeon sooner than anyone could have expected. Very soon, there would be no escaping their hell-hole of a home.
Once their honeymoon was over and the happy couple returned home, they instantly noticed the massive six-foot-high fence that had been erected around their home. This did not seem right.
They started at each other in horror. Why was there a fence around their home? Who could have done this? The reason behind the fence was that of vengeance!
Their view was no longer the beautiful countryside, but instead, it was now the tall wooden planks that surrounded their home. It felt like they were in a prison cell.
Thomas felt hopeless. He didn’t know what to do about this. “This was our dream home and now it’s turned into a nightmare. It feels like we’re imprisoned in our own house.” He said. Thomas knew he had to figure out who did this.
On A Mission
The big fence wrapped all around their house, covering the windows and blocking out the light. The house felt like a dark dungeon. It was horrible.
Rebekah was distraught but Thomas was a man on a mission. Full of outrage, he started to ask around and gather any information he could about why this had happened to them. He had no idea what he was getting involved with.
A Stark Decline
After making several phone calls, the ugly truth about their new home bubbled to the surface. How could they not have been told about this before they bought it?
For Rebekah, it was a deal-breaker. She tried to live with the fence for as long as she could but it wasn’t long before the shadow cast by the enclosing fence began to influence her mind.
When Rebekah first saw this house, she was overwhelmed with joy and excitement for her future. But after understanding what she had bought into, she was filled with dread for a future that looked as stressful as it was uncertain.
She felt suffocated and in turn, their relationship began to suffer.
Trouble In Paradise
Rebekah packed her stuff and went to live with her parents. Now, Thomas was left with a broken marriage and home. He felt truly alone but he knew exactly who to blame.
Growing up in a family of brothers, Thomas was never one to shy away from a fight. He was going to get to the bottom of this and make whoever had placed this burden on their lives, pay.
Thomas called the construction company that was listed on the fence and asked for the name of the man who ordered its construction.
At first, they seemed pretty reluctant to let him know any personal information but after Thomas called in to the store himself and showed them pictures, one man agreed to tell him.
It wasn’t long before Thomas found the man that built that spiteful fence only two feet away from their front door. He was a local farmer named David Preece.
He owned a nearby farm called Upper Mickle Hay Farm, and in an outrage, he put up the six-foot fence that surrounded the couple’s home. And the reason wasn’t like anything he expected.
When Thomas first tried to contact David Preece, his call went to voicemail. After his fourth try, he gave up.
Angrily, he looked up his farm online and jotted down his address. He popped it into his GPS and started his engine. Thomas wasn’t a big guy but he wasn’t afraid to pack a punch if he needed to. Little did he know, he was going up against a giant.
It had been a while since Thomas dealt with anyone that so blatantly had it out for him. He wasn’t a very confrontational man but he also wasn’t a pushover. His heart pounded as he knocked on Mr. Preece’s door.
As he waited, his anger boiled. After all, this man had ruined their home and first year of marriage.
Thomas was getting ready for a hostile encounter but when the farmer opened the door, he was confused to find a more who happily greeted him and asked him who he was.
It was apparent that this man who made his life hell for the past year had no idea who he was. Why then did this man do this to them? When Thomas introduced himself, what the man said left him feeling distraught.
No Hard Feelings
Oddly enough, it turned out that the fence had very little to do with the couple themselves. The farmer explained that unfortunately the company that sold them their house had built on what he claimed was his property.
They were caught in the crossfire of a property fight way beyond their control. And now, Thomas had no choice but to join the battle.
Calling For Help
The farmer Mr. Preece was involved in a land border dispute with Persimmon Homes, the company that carelessly sold Thomas and Rebekah their “dream home”.
When Thomas confronted the property company, they denied they did any wrong doing. Afterall, they were convinced that the property they sold to Thomas and Rebekah, was in fact theirs to sell. But that’s not how Mr. Preece saw it.
Mr. Preece claimed that the couple were technically living on land that he considered to be his own. However, regardless of who was right, Thomas argued with the company that they should have told him of the property battle.
The Persimmon Homes didn’t say a thing about this dispute to them and continued to be of no help. Thomas needed help.
Just as the situation felt hopeless for Thoimas, a local councilwoman named Sylvia Liddle shone a beacon of hope on the messy situation.
Once Thomas spread word about his situation, a friend pointed his case in her direction. She was appalled at everything that was happening to the young couple and rushed to offer them help.
Reaching A Decision
She put a plan in place immediately and got planning officials from Blackburn to survey their fenced house. She was going to determine who the land belonged to once and for all.
Thomas and Rebekah continued to wait in anger and resentment at the entire situation while the planning officials reached their decision. Did they win?
Justice At Last
When the planning officials finally determined that the fence had indeed been erected on land owned by Persimmon Homes, the couple were more than elated!
The company then took down the fence, just in time for the Entwistles to salvage their relationship. They could finally breathe and enjoy the view that their dream house really offered. But not everyone was happy….