Woman landowner, 55, installs razor-sharp barbed wire, chains and ‘keep out’ notices on footpath

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A female landowner has blocked a public footpath at a beauty spot with razor-sharp barbed wire in a row of “insulting and bullying” walkers.

Frances Payne, 55, claims she has been sworn in repeatedly and even physically assaulted by hikers wandering her land.

She now has the sidewalk that runs next to her Hampton Hill home in Evesham, Worcestershire, blocked with barbed wire, chains and keep out notices.

Mrs. Payne said, “I have been attacked and now I cannot walk safely on my property.

‘There is a path through it, but people are trespassing and if they don’t want to, they get dirty, really dirty, or they say it’s not my country.

‘I’ve had people walk the weir who aren’t near the sidewalk, they just argue when you tell them not to be there. They don’t move.

‘The police say it is out of the question for them, they are not taking them with them. You end up arguing. I recently saw children there smoking drugs. ‘

Frances Payne, 55, claims she has been sworn in repeatedly and even physically assaulted by hikers wandering her land.  Pictured: the closed footpath

Frances Payne, 55, claims she has been sworn in repeatedly and even physically assaulted by hikers wandering her land. Pictured: the closed footpath

She now has the sidewalk that runs next to her Hampton Hill home in Evesham, Worcestershire, blocked with barbed wire, chains and keep out notices

She now has the sidewalk that runs next to her Hampton Hill home in Evesham, Worcestershire, blocked with barbed wire, chains and keep out notices

She now has the sidewalk that runs next to her Hampton Hill home in Evesham, Worcestershire, blocked with barbed wire, chains and keep out notices

The footpath passes close to Mrs. Payne's house in Evesham, Worcestershire

The footpath passes close to Mrs. Payne's house in Evesham, Worcestershire

The footpath passes close to Mrs. Payne’s house in Evesham, Worcestershire

Ms. Payne said there are ‘very few’ people ‘who used the sidewalk’ without any problems. ‘

She added: ‘There are some nice people walking through it quietly, I don’t have a problem with it, but a lot of them are pretty nasty and it’s not in the past tense, this is going on now.

‘Rest assured, I’m very sorry for the normal, nice people who are doing the right thing while they come here.

“I think people should know the Countryside Code and have some manners in the country.”

Ms. Payne said there are 'very few' people 'who used the footpath (above)' without any problems'

Ms. Payne said there are 'very few' people 'who used the footpath (above)' without any problems'

Ms. Payne said there are ‘very few’ people ‘who used the footpath (above)’ without any problems’

Barbed wire seen through the footpath blocked by Mrs. Payne in Evesham

Barbed wire seen through the footpath blocked by Mrs. Payne in Evesham

Barbed wire seen through the footpath blocked by Mrs. Payne in Evesham

Ms. Payne says fellow landowners in the area have had similar problems with vandalism and objects were thrown into the river.  Pictured: Hampton Mill, Evesham, Worcesterhire

Ms. Payne says fellow landowners in the area have had similar problems with vandalism and objects were thrown into the river.  Pictured: Hampton Mill, Evesham, Worcesterhire

Ms. Payne says fellow landowners in the area have had similar problems with vandalism and objects were thrown into the river. Pictured: Hampton Mill, Evesham, Worcesterhire

Pictured: Hampton Mill, located next to the now blocked footpath in Evesham

Pictured: Hampton Mill, located next to the now blocked footpath in Evesham

Pictured: Hampton Mill, located next to the now blocked footpath in Evesham

Ms. Payne says fellow landowners in the area have had similar problems with vandalism and objects were thrown into the river.

She added, “That barbed wire has gone up because I think it’s closed.

‘It’s my country. I am aware that it is probably illegal to block a sidewalk, but it is also illegal to attack and attack people.

It’s also illegal to turn people on and have a mob culture.

‘As a 55-year-old woman, I have to guard my own safety and that of other people on that track.

“It has become way too toxic and I have every right to defend my own health and safety. I don’t feel like I have a choice.

A message on a gate to the sidewalk indicates that it is 'temporarily closed due to surface damage'

A message on a gate to the sidewalk indicates that it is 'temporarily closed due to surface damage'

A message on a gate to the sidewalk indicates that it is ‘temporarily closed due to surface damage’

Notices to a gate blocking the walkway through Hampton Mill, Evesham

Notices to a gate blocking the walkway through Hampton Mill, Evesham

Notices to a gate blocking the walkway through Hampton Mill, Evesham

The footpath passes close to Mrs. Payne's house in Evesham, Worcesterhire

The footpath passes close to Mrs. Payne's house in Evesham, Worcesterhire

The footpath passes close to Mrs. Payne’s house in Evesham, Worcesterhire

‘A couple was cutting the fence every night, so I got a metal fence and started to enclose my own land.

‘We have cameras here, it’s a security measure.

‘I was attacked with a stick, I was attacked by boys on bicycles. Blood was taken.

‘I try to preserve the countryside and nature.

Signs point to a public footpath and public bridle path near Mrs. Payne's home

Signs point to a public footpath and public bridle path near Mrs. Payne's home

Signs point to a public footpath and public bridle path near Mrs. Payne’s home

Worcestershire County Council says it is working with Ms. Payne to reopen the path

Worcestershire County Council says it is working with Ms. Payne to reopen the path

Worcestershire County Council says it is working with Ms. Payne to reopen the path

‘They tear away signs saying no cycling is allowed, but on Saturday I was run over from behind and ended up in the undergrowth. I’m sure it was intentional.

“I don’t like being pushed in the bushes on my own land, so yes, they can get around it.”

Worcestershire County Council says it is working with Ms. Payne to reopen the path.

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